All of the flavors of a classic strawberry shortcake, in a delicious, sippable cocktail! These Strawberry Vanilla Mimosas – or Strawberry Shortcake Mimosas – are a fun way to toast any special occasion (even if that special occasion is simply brunch).
Strawberry Shortcake Mimosa Recipe
It’s been a couple months since I shared my classic mimosa recipe (with tips for the best mimosa experience – including affordable champagne recommendations and substitutions), and I just got an e-mail last week asking if I could make a strawberry-flavored mimosa.
I think a strawberry mimosa made with fresh strawberry juice would be delicious, but since it’s currently February and fresh strawberries are about $5 a pound, that idea will have to wait. Instead, I came up with this fun twist – a Strawberry Vanilla Mimosa that tastes just like one of my favorite desserts: a Strawberry Shortcake!
For the best possible flavor, I recommend soaking half of your strawberries in the vanilla vodka for a little while before making this cocktail to make your own infused strawberry-vanilla vodka. Even just an hour will create a really great flavor in your finished cocktails. This recipe calls for 2 cups of strawberries – one cup for soaking in the vodka (and then discarding) and a second (optional) cup for garnishing the cocktail. (Just note that the strawberries soaked in the vodka will look mushy if soaked for more than a day, so they won’t look great in your cocktail.)
Tips for Perfect Mimosas:
- Make sure your rosé is super cold
- Serve mimosas in narrow glasses to keep the cocktail bubbly, or use wider-mouthed glasses to allow the carbonation to escape faster (personal preference)
- Add in a splash of strawberry juice if you want even more flavor – or go for peach juice and have a Bellini!
- Use a good quality sparkling rosé
What Rosé is best for Mimosas?
Since this cocktail has no added juice or sweeteners, you can go for a sweeter rosé than you typically would for a classic mimosa.
I think of this recipe as a jumping off point, where you can customize it to your personal preferences. While I think using a sparkling rosé makes this cocktail a lot more fun, you can go for a standard (non-carbonated) rosé if you prefer. Regardless, pick a rosé than is full-bodied and delicious on it’s own, as it’s flavor is really going to be the star of the show.
While I’ve found a couple rosés that I really like, I am not an expert when it comes to Sparkling Rosé so for recommendations, I’m going to share this list of the 9 Best Sparkling Wines under $25 – and 5 of them are rosés!
Strawberry Mimosa Ingredients
- 1 bottle sparkling rose
- 1/2 to 1 cup cake or vanilla vodka
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- Ice, as needed
Tip: soak 1 cup of your strawberries in the vodka for a little while before assembling your cocktail.
Tip #2: you can alternatively use plain vodka and add a vanilla pod or extract to your vodka.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Liquid measure
- Champagne flutes or glasses
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Strawberry Mimosas
Ideally, chop up half of your strawberries and add to a mason jar with the vodka and let soak overnight or up to 2 weeks. Discard the strawberries. (I give a range of 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vodka – this depends on how strong you want your mimosas. If serving with brunch, I recommend going with 1/2 cup.)
Chop up the remaining 1 cup of strawberries and add to your pitcher.
Add the strained, infused strawberry-vanilla vodka and top with the cold sparkling rosé.
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This Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Mimosa has all of the flavor of the classic dessert – in a glass! It’s a fun addition to brunch or an evening with the girls.