How to Make Perfect Mimosas
Published Nov 18, 2021, Updated Jun 12, 2023
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Learn the perfect ratio for making mimosas at home with this simple 2-ingredient recipe! Plus, tips on how to make mimosas for a crowd and ideas for different flavor variations.
Mimosas are a classic recipe you can turn to when you don’t know what to serve for a festive cocktail! They’re super easy to make, customizable and can be completely hands off.
- sparkling wine – I share more about picking out the best sparkling wine for mimosas below but I recommend dry Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava!
- orange juice – this is the juice used in a classic mimosa. You can choose if you’d like to use pulp or pulp-free orange juice. For the freshest flavor, use freshly squeezed orange juice! See additional juice options below.
The Best Sparkling Wine for Mimosas
I rarely use actual Champagne for mimosas and instead pick up a bottle of Cava or Prosecco because they’re typically cheaper than Champagne. It’s also helpful to use a dry sparkling wine since the juice is already quite sweet. If you do buy Champagne look for Brut or Extra Brut on the label.
Fun fact: the only difference between Champagne, Cava and Prosecco is where it’s from and the types of grapes used! Champagne is from the Champagne region of northeast France, Cava originates from Spain and Prosecco is from Italy.
You really can’t go wrong with the type of juice you serve mimosas with! Orange juice is the traditional juice pairing but feel free to get creative! I like to get a few different juices to set out with a bottle of sparkling wine so people can pick their own flavors and make their perfect mimosa. Here are some popular juices:
- pomegranate juice
- apple cider (check out the recipe for my apple cider mimosas)
- grapefruit juice
- cranberry juice
- pineapple juice
You can also mix in a little fruit puree! Here are some ideas:
- peach puree
- mango puree
- watermelon puree
Serve your mimosa as is or set out fresh herbs or fresh fruit for garnish.
The Perfect Ratio
There is only a perfect ratio for *you*! The standard ratio is 1/2 juice, 1/2 sparkling wine but I prefer less juice. I usually do about 2/3 sparkling wine and 1/3 juice.
How to Make a Mimosa Bar for a Party
The easiest way to serve mimosas for a gathering in my opinion is to set up a mimosa bar so your guests can make their own! Set out champagne flutes and then in an ice bucket have your sparkling wine and juices. I like to pour the juices out of the store-bought packaging and into carafes for better presentation – just don’t forget to label which juice is which! It can also be fun to make a little “recipe” sign teaching people how to make a mimosa with the best ratios.
Making Mimosas in Bulk
As you know, I’m all about meal prep and that goes for cocktails too! If you’re hosting a gathering and want to pre-make mimosas, do so right before guests arrive. Mix equal parts juice and sparkling wine in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
What to Serve with Mimosas
My mind automatically goes to brunch with mimosas! This would be the perfect cocktail to pair with a holiday breakfast or brunch. Here’s what I would serve them with:
- Dairy-Free Spinach Quiche
- French Toast Bake
- Fruit Salad with Mint
- Vegan Cinnamon Rolls or Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
- Strawberry Salad
- Vegan Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
More Cocktail Recipes to Try
- Skinny Mojito
- Skinny Piña Colada
- Easy Red Sangria
- Mulled Wine
- Sparkling Vodka Cranberry
- Skinny Coconut Daiquiri
- Skinny Paloma (no sugar added)
- Dairy-Free Eggnog
- Skinny Margarita
Be sure to check out the full collection of cocktail recipes here on EBF!
- 1 750 ml bottle of dry Champagne, prosecco, or cava, chilled
- 3 cups orange juice , with or without pulp
- Gently pour sparkling wine into the Champagne flutes, filling each glass about 1/2 to 2/3 full, depending on the ratio you want for your mimosa. The standard is ½ orange juice to ½ sparkling wine, but I prefer less orange juice.
- Pour the orange juice on top to fill the glass and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.