How to Make Perfect Mimosas

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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.

Two champagne flutes containing mimosas.

Ingredients Needed

  • 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.
Ingredients measured out to make mimosas: a bottle of champagne and a pitcher of orange juice.

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.

Two Champagne flutes, a bottle of Champagne and a carafe of orange juice. The Champagne flutes have been filled two-thirds of the way with Champagne.

Mimosa Variations

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:

  • mango
  • 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:

Serve your mimosa as is or set out fresh herbs or fresh fruit for garnish.

Two Champagne flutes, a bottle of Champagne and a carafe of orange juice. The Champagne flutes have been filled with two-thirds of Champagne and one-third of orange juice.

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.

Side by side photos. The first is of two champagne flutes with champagne. A bottle of champagne and a pitcher of orange juice are beside the flutes. The second photo is the same, but orange juice has been poured into the champagne glasses to make mimosas.

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.

A close up of two champagne flutes containing mimosas.

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:

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Mimosas

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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.
Two champagne flutes containing mimosas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 7

Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle of dry Champagne, prosecco, or cava, chilled
  • 3 cups orange juice , with or without pulp

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

To make a pitcher: Add 1 bottle of sparkling wine into the pitcher. Top with 3 cups of orange juice. Gently stir and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink Calories: 104kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 1g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 186mg Sugar: 8g
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mimosas

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    1 comment
    1. janet
      November 18, 2021 AT 7:27 pm

      We do pomegranate juice this time of year. It’s festive and it’s fun to add some seeds to the glass

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