The Mimosa is a very simple, yet delightful drink that makes an excellent brunch cocktail. It is one of the most popular Champagne cocktails and the recipe is unbelievably easy.
The basic Mimosa requires just three ingredients: triple sec, orange juice and Champagne. Because the sparkling wine is added last, it does the mixing for you so there's no need to give it a stir. It's a fabulous 'pour and drink' cocktail that makes entertaining a breeze.
Add a Splash to the Classic Mimosa
The simplicity and popularity of the classic Mimosa is a perfect base for experimentation and adaptation. There are many Mimosa recipes available and even more ways that you can enhance it. For instance, you can add a splash of grenadine for sweetness and a 'sunrise' effect, amp it up with a pour of Cognac, or switch the triple sec out for a high-end liqueur like Grand Marnier.
You can also choose your favorite sparkling wine. The Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco are two favorites that can be cheaper than Champagne.
- Pineapple Mimosa - This recipe demonstrates an easy way to switch up the Mimosa. It features a pineapple-flavored vodka, cuts the orange juice, and adds lemon and honey. You can do the same with most fruit vodkas.
- Grapefruit Juice - A popular and slightly more tart version of the Mimosa, simply swap out all or part of the orange juice for grapefruit juice. You might also want to add a dash of simple syrup to balance out the taste.
- Flavored Simple Syrup - Too much orange juice for your stomach? Counteract the acidity with a flavored sweetener. Simple syrup is easy to make at home and adding flavor takes very little extra effort. Syrups that would pair well with the orange include vanilla, blackberry, raspberry, and mint.
- Muddled Mimosas - This is a quick way to add additional flavor to the drink. Choose the sweetest fruits of the season and muddle them up for your Mimosa. The champagne flute is not the best for muddling, so you will need to do that in a separate glass or cocktail shaker, but you can muddle enough fruit at one time to handle a round or two of Mimosas.
How Strong Is the Mimosa?
The average bottle of Champagne is 12 percent ABV and the average triple sec is 30% ABV. When these two ingredients come together in the standard Mimosa recipe, the drink has an alcohol content of around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It's light and refreshing, which is why it's such a beloved brunch cocktail.
Sparkling Brunch Alternatives to the Mimosa
There are a number of cocktails that resemble the Mimosa and also make great additions to a casual brunch party.
- Buck's Fizz - This classic cocktail is first because it is almost exactly like the Mimosa, but there's no need to worry about buying a bottle of triple sec. All you need is orange juice and Champagne.
- Bellini - Rivaling the Mimosa for top brunch honors is the Bellini, which uses peach rather than orange for flavor. Either cocktail can also be made non-alcoholic by choosing a sparkling grape juice or cider and passing on the liqueur.
- Pomegranate Poinsettia - Skip the triple sec and use a pomegranate liqueur like PAMA instead. It's slightly sweeter and the two fruits are a perfect match.
- Valencia Cocktail - Another classic cocktail, the Valencia skips the Champagne completely. What you get instead is a fancy little orange juice cocktail with apricot brandy in the background. It's fabulous.