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Mimosa Cocktail

Equally fitting for a boozy brunch or served at a classy cocktail party, the mimosa is a timeless treat that combines orange juice and some type of sparkling wine, typically Champagne

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Mimosa is traditionally made with a Brut Champagne, which is a dry wine. But you’ll be glad to know that there are alternatives which are typically much cheaper, yet taste just as nice!

A Cava, for example, or a dry Prosecco will work equally as well, without breaking the bank!

Be sure to avoid sweet wines, because once they are paired with the sweet orange juice, the flavor can become a bit too sickly for some people. The dry wine and sweet orange juice provide a perfectly balanced cocktail that is slightly fizzy and simply delicious! 

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Which type of orange juice should I use to make a mimosa cocktail?

When choosing orange juice for your mimosa, always opt for juice that is pulp free and is not from concentrate.

If you pick up pulpy orange juice, you can still use it, but it can leave quite a mess at the bottom of your glass! That’s why we recommend a lovely, smooth orange juice instead.

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You can always squeeze your own oranges to create juice, but make sure that you strain your juice before serving.

Always remember, whether using store bought or homemade orange juice, that you should always chill it before crafting your cocktail!

If you prefer, you can substitute the orange juice for other kinds of juices such as grapefruit or pomegranate juice, although it would no longer – strictly speaking – be a mimosa.

How you mix your mimosa will be down to preference. Some people prefer their mimosas to pack quite a punch, in which case they’ll add more sparkling wine, and less juice. Some people, however,  prefer them to be more ‘juicy’ and not so strong.

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When making a mimosa cocktail for the first time, the best approach is to mix equal parts of orange juice and sparkling wine, then you can adjust your next one as necessary. 

Which glass should I use to serve a mimosa cocktail?

The best glasses to serve your mimosas in are Champagne flutes.This is because they are tall and thin which ensures that the bubbles from the sparkling wine are not lost.

You can use wine glasses if you do not have flutes, but the mimosa will not stay fizzy for as long. To keep your mimosa as bubbly as possible, always tilt your glass as you pour in the sparkling wine, which helps with retaining its carbonation. 

Now, it’s finally time to mix your mimosa! This recipe produces a pitcher – plenty to share with a friend on a hot summer’s afternoon!

Like this recipe? Why not try a Hurricane Cocktail too!

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Mimosa Cocktail

Christine Albury
Learn how to create the perfect Mimosa Cocktail, a light, fruity and refreshing drink to share with a friend on a hot summer’s day
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 1 serving
Calories 290.33 kcal


  • 1 Brut Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 10 Fresh Orange Juice strained


  • In a large pitcher (preferably lidded), pour in the sparkling wine, with the pitcher tilted. 
  • Add your orange juice, but do not stir! Stirring will actually release more bubbles, reducing the fizziness. 
  • This step is entirely optional, but garnish your Champagne flute with an orange wedge or ribbon.
  • Serve into Champagne flutes, again remembering to keep your glass titled.


Calories: 290.33kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 1.67gSodium: 9.5mgSugar: 34.33g
Keyword Alcohol, Champagne, Cocktails, Oranges, Party Food
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