Buck's Fizz

Mimosa orange juice cocktail in champagne glass
A simple twist on the popular Mimosa, the Buck's Fizz is another Champagne and OJ delight. Chris Gramly/Getty Images
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The buck's fizz is a simple drink made of orange juice and Champagne. It's nearly identical to the popular mimosa. If you've been skipping the triple sec in that cocktail, you've been making a buck's fizz all along!

Beyond the lack of orange liqueur, the ratios of the juice and wine are reversed in the buck's fizz. This recipe has double the orange juice found in the mimosa, so it's more of a sparkling OJ drink (the alcohol is just a bonus). And yet, that's what makes it such a great brunch cocktail. It's simple, easy to mix up, and tastes great with nearly any mid-morning food you wish to serve it with.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • Garnish: orange twist

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a champagne flute, build the ingredients by first pouring the orange juice then topping it with sparkling wine.

  3. Garnish with an orange twist.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • You'll notice that the recipe doesn't ask you to stir, shake, or mix this drink in any other way. That's because the Champagne's bubbles do all the mixing for you. It's a perfect pour-and-enjoy cocktail that anyone can mix up.

  • Treat yourself to the best buck's fizz by using fresh-squeezed orange juice. In the least, try to avoid juices made from concentrates. This cocktail relies heavily on the orange juice, so the higher quality that ingredient is, the better your drink will be.

  • As with any Champagne cocktail, you can skip the French Champagne and use any sparkling wine you like. Try Prosecco from Italy or Spain's Cava, and explore the many other sparkling wines produced throughout the world.

  • Champagne flutes often hold 7 to 11 ounces of liquid. The 5 1/2-ounce buck's fizz recipe will not fill the glass, and that's okay. That extra room allows space for the fizz and foam when you're pouring the wine. Plus, a glass that's not filled to the brim is less likely to spill.

  • If you're serving this drink for a party—even an intimate affair with just a few guests—you can prepare some of it ahead of time. Pour the orange juice into each flute whenever you like, but hold the wine until you're ready to serve. That will ensure your guests enjoy the sparkliest of drinks.

Variations

  • This recipe is a perfect inspiration for all sorts of fruity sparkling wine cocktails. It proves that all you need is a little juice. Instead of orange, try apple, cranberry, or a combination of fruit juices. And, if you go with peach you'll have the famous Bellini.

  • Turn the buck's fizz into a stunning "sunrise" cocktail by adding a little grenadine after the orange juice and before the Champagne. It's a brilliant looking cocktail and the wine's bubbles will pick up some of that red color as they float to the top.

  • It's easy to turn this into a brunch-worthy mocktail. Simply skip the wine and pour a nonalcoholic sparkling cider or grape juice instead.

How Strong Is This Drink?

If you need another reason to enjoy a buck's fizz on a casual morning, the fact that it's a very, very light cocktail should do it! Most Champagnes are around 12 percent ABV and that is diluted significantly by all the orange juice. On average, this drink has an alcohol content around 4 percent ABV (8 proof). It's actually one of the mildest alcoholic beverages you can enjoy.