After a spicy Caesar Cocktail, a Sparkling Brunch Mimosa is my go-to brunch cocktail, especially if I’m celebrating! Today, I’m sharing with you a simple recipe for sparkling mimosas along with tips for how to pick the best champagne for mimosas.
I first shared this recipe for Mimosas on my friend’s blog, Amanda’s Cookin’.
Sparkling Mimosa Recipe
A mimosa is the fancy older sister to the screwdriver. Consisting of just orange juice and sparkling wine, it is an incredibly simple recipe (making it perfect for brunch) but there are some little tips and tricks that can put your mimosa over the top.
(And similarly, there are little things that you can do wrong that will make a mess of your mimosas.)
For example, while adding the orange juice first and then topping up the glass with champagne or sparkling wine may be more theatrical, it also leads to a poorly mixed cocktail and a sticky mess along the rim of the glass.
Tips for Perfect Mimosas:
- Make sure your sparkling wine and orange juice are super cold
- Serve mimosas in narrow glasses to keep the cocktail bubbly (wider-mouthed glasses allow the carbonation to escape faster)
- Do not stir your mimosa – add the wine, then the orange juice, and the cocktail will do your mixing for you
- Swap out pomegranate or cranberry juice if you can’t get fresh orange juice (don’t go for the concentrate) – or go for peach juice and have a Bellini!
- Use a good quality sparkling wine – cheap champagne is never worth the savings!
Best Champagne for Mimosas
While champagne may seem like the obvious choice for a mimosa, that is actually not the case.
Cava (a Spanish sparkling wine made in the same way as champagne) and Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine made in a more modern way than traditional champagne) can actually be better choices for your brunch mimosas.
Why? Because a good dry champagne can get expensive, while a good quality Cava or Prosecco are comparatively more affordable, and they tend to run on the drier side. (In comparison, a similarly priced champagne is often too sweet.) Not to mention, cheap champagne is notorious for causing the infamous champagne headaches.
You want a brisk, dry sparkling wine for mimosas, especially since you will be mixing it with sweet orange juice.
If opting for a true champagne, a Brut or dry champagne are your best options. (I found this list of 10 Inexpensive Champagnes for you to check out.)
Ingredients for Mimosas
- 6 oz orange juice
- 6 oz champagne or sparkling wine
- Orange peel twist
Tip: this is one cocktail that you don’t want to prepare in advance. You can however, prepare your orange twists in advance and store in the freezer until serving.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Vegetable peeler
- Champagne flutes
- Liquid measure
How to Make Mimosas
To make your orange twists, peel an orange with a vegetable peeler. Gently twist the peel around a chopstick and place in the freezer as you prepare the rest of the recipe. (Let set for at least 2 minutes.)
Fill your champagne flutes halfway full with champagne or sparkling wine. It’s best to do this at an angle to preserve carbonation.
Remove the orange twists from the freezer and carefully place on the rims of the flutes.
Fill flutes with rest of the way with orange juice.
Grab your free printable for Brunch Mimosas:
Our easy recipe for how to make mimosas is super simple (and you probably won’t even need to print it out) but I guarantee if you follow our tips, you will be in for a treat!