How to prepare a mimosa

Mimosas are delicious and are ideal for a variety of occasions, from weekend brunch to enjoying them on a beach or just as a refreshment. They are also essential for bridal or wedding showers, new year’s day, or any special occasion. Bubbly and fizzy, light and bright mimosas are the perfect champagne cocktail for adding a festive flair to any occasion that’s fit for bubbly. This article is a guide to the recipes of the best mimosas and how to make the mimosas.

What is in a Mimosa?

The kind of champagne to use in mimosas is preferably a dry or semi-dry sparkling wine from, or a Spanish Cava, or Italian prosecco are fine choices as well. The dryer wine balances out the sweetness of the mimosas more drinkable if you want to flaunt and impress with champagne, a dry brut is highly recommended. For every 750ml of sparkling wine, expect about 6-8 mimosas. They are best served without ice to avoid diluting them. Ensure your champagne is kept chilly.

How to prepare a mimosa

Also, ensure you use a pulp-free high-quality orange juice and ensure it’s nice and cold. Fresh juice is the best, a good quality store-brand is highly recommended and frozen juice from concentrate or that nasty orange punch that comes in gallon jugs shouldn’t be used in mimosa recipes.

For fun and customization to your mimosas, try the following add-ins

  • St.Germain- Adding a splash of elderflower liqueur to mimosas adds a very subtle depth of taste and extra kick that is always appreciated.
  • Grenadine- Add a little splash to give your mimosas a lovely gradient “sunrise” flavour.
  • Orange Liqueur- Kick your drinks up a notch without straying from the orange flavour and feel free to add some Cointreau or Grand Mariner
  • Rose Water or Orange Blossom Water- These add-ins are non-alcoholic and add a lovely floral note to your mimosas.
  • Fresh Herbs- Add a smidge of fresh lavender or rosemary to add a lovely herby note to your mimosas.
  • You may also make them with various kinds of fruit juices such as cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, etc. You may also add in other alcohols (tequila, gin, vodka etc.)
  • Sparkling Wine to Orange Ratio

To ensure your mimosas are not too sweet, 2 parts sparkling wine and 1 part orange juice is the recommended ratio. Feel free to experiment to find your ideal taste.

How To Prepare Mimosas

Once your glasses and ingredients are chilled, it’s time to mix. Just simply pour your desired amount of sparkling wine into your champagne flutes, ensuring that the sparkling wine doesn’t fizz and foam too much on top to preserve the bubbles. Then proceed to top with orange juice and garnish the glass with an orange slice if you like.

How to prepare a mimosa

How to prepare a mimosa pitcher for a crowd

To make mimosas for a crowd, simply repeat those steps in a large glass pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and orange juice then pop it in the fridge for about 10 minutes and serve. Anytime you stir or transfer wine between glasses, the sparkling wine becomes less bubbly.

Mimosa Frequently Asked Questions

Why add the sparkling wine first?

This will preserve some of the bubbles especially if you pour the wine slowly with minimal foam. It will also avoid the sticky mess that sometimes happens if you pour your champagne on top of the orange juice accidentally overflowing from your glass. The bubbles are much easier to control when you add the orange juice to the sparkling wine, instead of the other way around.

Do the drinks require stirring?

No, just have your orange juice and sparkling wine nice and chilled before mixing and proceed to serve immediately.

Can I make mimosas non-alcoholic?

Yes indeed. Just use non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice and follow the same steps.

Can I make mimosas non-alcoholic?

Follow the following steps to prepare good mimosas


1 (750ml) bottle of dry sparkling wine, chilled (Cava is recommended)

1 ½ to 3 cups of 100% orange juice, chilled

You may use orange slices to garnish.

For a single serving, slowly pour the sparkling wine into a champagne flute until it is about two-thirds full. Top with orange juice until the glass is full and does not stir. Serve immediately and garnish with an orange slice if you desire.

For a pitcher, slowly pour sparkling wine into a large pitcher and top with the desired amount of orange juice. The recommended amount is 1 ½ cups and does not stir. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and pour into champagne flutes and serve.

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