Make the Perfect Mimosa at Your Next Brunch

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
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If you have a fabulous brunch coming up, be prepared with this perfect mimosa recipe. It really doesn't get any easier than this since the basic mimosa recipe calls for a bottle of your favorite champagne and orange juice. Once you combine the two ingredients, you are all set to celebrate a wedding, Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, or any occasion that calls for a fancy and tasty beverage.

When it comes to picking the sparkling wine for your mimosa, know that you don't have to choose Champagne. Spanish Cava or Prosecco are both good options for your beverage. They are well-priced, generally between $12 to 15, and easy to find. Champagne represents the top tier and most expensive option for bubbly. Even a basic bottle of Champagne will cost upwards of $35. Since you are adding orange juice and optional triple sec, the nuanced aromatics and flavor profile will be well-masked and it's not worth spending all the money on Champagne if you can't taste its distinct flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (or Cava, Prosecco, or Champagne)
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • Triple sec (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and top off with chilled orange juice (about 2 ounces), gently stir.
  2. If you'd like to add triple sec, add just a splash

Be sure to use very cold sparkling wine and orange juice. The mimosa tastes best with high-quality orange juice. Use pulp-free juice and buy juice that says it's not from concentrate. Another option is to fresh squeeze and chill the orange juice ahead of time.

There are a few options to enhance your mimosa. For an added flare, slice up a strawberry or cut small orange wedges to decorate the rim of each flute. This tasty beverage is also delightful over ice in a larger white wine glass.

If you want to customize your mimosas, there are a lot of add-ins that work well. If you are hosting a party, prepare a mimosa bar and allow guests to concoct their own special drink. A fancy touch could include printing up simple recipes (perhaps with your own made-up names) so guests know what mixers work best. Try any of these for a fun twist on a classic drink:

  • St. Germain: the elderflower liqueur adds a subtle and sophisticated flavor
  • Orange blossom water or rose water: a non-alcoholic addition that brings a floral flavor to the drink
  • Grenadine: this classic red mixer produces a sunset effect in the drink. Add just a splash to avoid a super sweet drink
  • Orange liqueur: heighten the orange flavor by adding Cointreau or Grand Marnier