Learning to make the BEST mimosa has never been easier with just 2 ingredients and a mimosa recipe that also provides tips and variations! Enjoy a light, refreshing, fizzy cocktail that is sure to add class to all of your celebratory brunches!

Orange mimosa in a stemless glass garnished with orange wedge.

Enjoying a festive energizing cocktail that can brighten any day is exactly what we love about a classic mimosa. It’s always a welcome addition to any menu, big or small!

About this recipe

The best mimosas have 3 major components. Orange juice, sparkling wine, and a reason to cheers!

The best recipe for a mimosa, however, has just 2 simple ingredients. Fresh OJ and your choice of either chilled champagne or prosecco (or any sparkling white wine). It’s that easy! This recipe has the unique optional add-in of Grand Marnier because an orange-scented liqueur just makes sense.

There’s something so fun about sipping on a refreshing glass of mimosa with a group of your closest friends! Whether you’re gathered for a wedding shower, a baby shower, fancy brunch, or a family celebration for Easter, Mother’s Day, or the 4th of July, the combination of fresh orange juice and fizzy bubbles gives life to any party!

Try serving a mimosa with anything from classic buttermilk pancakes, to a fun and festive brunch board, to a sheet pan breakfast hash. You can’t go wrong!

Tray of mimosa cocktails with orange juice and an orange wedge garnish.

What you need

  • Dry Champagne – You can also use Prosecco, Cava, or other dry sparkling wine. Make sure it’s well chilled.
  • Orange Juice – Pulp free orange juice either store-bought or freshly squeezed and strained. The pulp tends float to the top of the bubbles and stick on the sides of the glasses, so while it’s still delicious, it isn’t as visually appealing.
  • Grand Marnier – This is an optional ingredient, if you want to step up the intensity a little. Triple sec would also work but we recommend Grand Marnier.
A bottle of prosecco and a bottle of orange juice, placed flat on a light grey surface.

How to make it

Slowly pour in champagne until a flute glass is about half full.

Tip: Hold the glass at a slight angle while pouring champagne or prosecco. This reduces the amount of bubbles created so you can fill your glasses a little more quickly.

Prosecco being poured into a glass.

Top off with orange juice.

Orange juice being poured into a glass with prosecco.

Lastly, if desired, add Grand Marnier in each glass. Do not stir, as that will cause the prosecco or champagne to become flat. Serve immediately.

FAQs

What kind of champagne is best for mimosas?

If you’re feeling all kinds of fancy and you happen to have a bottle of champagne lying around and don’t mind combining it with orange juice, by all means, use it. However, the practical choice is to opt for the much more affordable Prosecco (Italy) or Cava (Spain). They are both reasonably priced, dry sparkling wine that tastes just as fabulous with the orange juice.

Why is it called a mimosa?

The meaning behind the word mimosa comes from its resemblance in color to a plant, shrub, or tree in the mimosa family that can be found in tropical climates. The bright yellow drink is named after the bright yellow mimosa flower!

Is prosecco the same as champagne?

While both are sparkling wines, they are different in a few ways. Champagne is french, originating in the Champagne region of France, whereas prosecco originates in Italy. There is a very different price point between the two based on their process of fermentation. Prosecco uses a process that is more time and labor-efficient, costing less money to make. Champagne uses a traditional, more hands-on process, therefore considered more expensive to make. Prosecco also has a bit of a sweeter note than Champagne does.

How do you pour a mimosa?

Very daintily, like you’re about to serve a member of the Downton Abbey family. You want to hold your glass at an angle and begin by pouring the sparkling wine first. This is so that you’re keeping all of the bubbles intact, but you’re still able to control it from overflowing. Once the orange juice gets added, it mixes all on its own. Don’t stir any further or you’ll create more fizz and perhaps have an overflow.

How to make these mimosas your own

  • Citrus juice. Did you know that a mimosa can be made with sparkling wine and any juice, citrus, or otherwise? OJ is traditional, but if you’re feeling adventurous try blood orange, pineapple, grapefruit, cranberry, pomegranate, or mango! In fact, you could add a splash of any of these to the orange juice itself.
  • Set up a mimosa bar with a variety of different juices for people to sample.
  • To add a little garnish for presentation, add a slice of orange to the rim.
  • Use cold, good quality, fresh orange juice, free from pulp for best results and tastiest experience.
  • Make a virgin mimosa by swapping the sparkling wine with sprite, lime soda, or even flavored sparkling water.
Angled overhead view of mimosas garnished with orange slices.

Other beverages for brunch

Orange colored cocktails in stemless champagne flutes.

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Learning to make the BEST mimosa has never been easier with just 2 ingredients and a mimosa recipe that also provides tips and variations! Enjoy a light, refreshing, fizzy cocktail that is sure to add class to all of your celebratory brunches!
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Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle dry champagne, prosecco, cava, or other dry sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 cups 750 ml pulp-free orange juice (or fresh squeeze orange juice, strained)
  • 1/2 cup 120 ml Grand Marnier, optional

Instructions

  • Holding the champagne flute at a slight angle, slowly pour in champagne until glass is about half full. Top off with orange juice, and if desired, 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier in each glass. Do not stir.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To add a little garnish for presentation, add a slice of orange to the rim.
  • Use cold, good quality, fresh orange juice, free from pulp for best results and tastiest experience.
  • Make a virgin mimosa by swapping the sparkling wine with sprite, lime soda, or even flavored sparkling water.
Calories: 87kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 191mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 186IU, Vitamin C: 47mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg