No brunch is complete without a Mimosa, and this recipe takes the refreshing bubbly citrus to the next level. This classic brunch cocktail comes together with just three ingredients and tastes like sunshine.
The Mimosa is not a new cocktail, but we are upgrading it by adding an extra orange boost. The perfect drink for a brunch, tailgate, bridal shower, or a relaxing weekend, this is one cocktail recipe that you will make on repeat.
Just three ingredients combine for this refreshing citrus cocktail. Delicious orange flavors and bubbles of champagne are perfection! Keep the ingredients in your refrigerator overnight so they are chilled when making the mimosas.
- Orange juice: Freshly squeezed is best for this recipe and will produce an extra fresh drink. It will really take your Mimosa to the next level. See more on this below.
- Cointreau: An orange-flavored liqueur also used in our Mezcal Margarita recipe. Triple Sec is a less expensive option for this recipe. If you don’t have either of these options, you can still make a delicious Mimosa with just the other two ingredients.
- Champagne: The hallmark of a Mimosa cocktail. You can use sparkling wine, like Prosecco, instead of Champagne. See more on the difference between the two below.
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
While store-bought orange juice is fine in Mimosas, fresh squeezed orange juice adds a priceless level of freshness to your cocktail. Here are some tips for getting the most juice out of your oranges.
- Use fresh oranges. The fresher the orange, the more juice you are likely to get.
- Roll the orange on the counter with your palm. This makes it easier to get juice out.
- Microwave the orange for about 30 seconds to heat it up.
How to Make Mimosas
A brunch staple for a reason, everyone loves Mimosas and they are so easy for the host to have ready. Follow these simple steps, and see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for measurements.
- Pour the Cointreau and orange juice into a champagne flute glass.
- Top with Champagne and enjoy!
How to Serve
Serve your Mimosas in champagne flutes or glass tumblers. Wait to open the Champagne until you are ready to serve so it is bubbly and fresh. Garnish each flute with an orange slice for an extra citrus punch. Make a Mimosa bar by offering different berries for garnish.
Champagne vs Sparkling Wine
Both Champagne and sparkling wine would work for this cocktail recipe. Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine made elsewhere is not considered Champagne, but has a similar flavor and would taste delicious in this brunch cocktail. Our recommended sparkling wine for Mimosas is Prosecco, which will balance out the sweetness of the orange juice and liqueur.
Make a Mimosa Pitcher
If you are hosting a group for brunch, make a pitcher of Mimosas for even easier serving. Wait to add the chilled Champagne to the pitcher until right before you are ready to serve. To make a pitcher of 12 cocktails, increase the amount of each ingredient as shown below:
- 4 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups Cointreau
- 750 milliliters bottle of Champagne
One orange has about 1/3 cup or 2.5 ounces of juice. See the notes above on getting the most juice out of your oranges.
Sparkling wine is considered Champagne if it is from the Champagne region of France. See more on the difference above.
Other Champagne Cocktail Recipes
If you try this recipe or any other Shake Drink Repeat cocktails, leave a comment and let us know about it!
- 3 ounces orange juice fresh squeezed is best, about 2 oranges
- 1 ounce Cointreau optional
- 2 ounces Champagne 3 if skipping Cointreau
- Pour the Cointreau and orange juice into the Champagne glass.
- Top with the chilled Champagne.