Orange Juice and Champagne Mimosa

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Spritz

Great for

Brunch

Difficulty

Easy

Orange Juice Mimosas in flutes

With just two ingredients, this is a breezy cocktail is so simple to make and drink.  A mix of just orange juice and champagne, generally of equal parts, this cocktail is an absolute staple for your next brunch or garden party. It never gets old and it’s light and sparkly flavour always delights and is made in a matter of seconds!  What are you waiting for? Let’s pop the bubbly and celebrate! 

 

QUICK TIPS

01

Champagne flutes may be an investment, but their design holds bubbles longer.

02

First prize is freshly squeezed orange juice, but strain out the pulp as everyone loves a smooth Mimosa.

03

Choose an affordable dry (or brut) sparkling wine to balance the sweetness of the orange juice.

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

orange juice (or any juice of your liking), freshly squeezed preferably

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Tilt your champagne flute and carefully pour in the sparkling wine, filling the glass to about halfway

02

Pour the orange juice on top to fill the glass and serve immediately to avoid the bubbles going flat

How to make the best Mimosa

Mimosas are one of the most easy summer cocktails out there. The trick for making the best Mimosa recipe is in the serving. A good place to start is chilling your ingredients:  pop your orange juice and favourite bubbly in the fridge the night before your celebration, or even a couple of days before if you can. 

When getting ready to serve, open the sparkling wine first. Don’t be afraid of the cork flying through your ceiling, once you get the hang of it, it’s really simple to open a bottle of champagne. Our trick is to cover the top of the bottle with a kitchen towel, hold the bottle at a slight angle and then, while gently squeezing the cork in your fist, twist it counter-clockwise until it pops out! 

Now for the fun part-serving! We recommend using champagne flutes for the ultimate Insta-worthy cheers. To prevent bubble loss, hold the glass slightly tilted. Gently pour in the sparkling wine, allowing it to run down the inside of the flute. Allow the bubbles to settle before topping up with the desired amount of juice. This way, you avoid the hot mess if the juice went in first. 

Need to make Mimosa mocktails for your alcohol-free guests?  Don’t fret; the non-alcoholic versions are just delicious. Add soda water or flavoured sparkling water instead of bubbly or sparkling grape juice would work too. 

Mimosa recipe tips

Bring your best Mimosa game to your next brunch with these tricks and tips. Choose an affordable dry (or brut) sparkling wine or prosecco to balance the sweetness of the orange juice. No need to pick a top shelf bubbly however, especially since we are diluting it. 

First prize is freshly squeezed orange juice but strain out the pulp as everyone loves a smooth Mimosa. Ideally, choose a high-quality smooth orange juice for the best Mimosa ever. We don’t recommend juice from concentrate as the pulp makes it messy and kills bubbles. To mix things up, swap out the orange juice for a different citrus fruit, such as blood orange, clementine or grapefruit juice. Cranberry, peach or even pomegranate juice are also delicious variations to try. 

The best Mimosa recipe calls for a 50/50 ratio of sparkling wine to orange juice. However, depending on your personal taste, use this ratio only as a guide. Two parts orange juice to one part bubbly may be the perfect lower alcoholic cocktail for you, and this ratio is more on the sweeter side. Likewise, if you’re a wine lover, try two parts fizz to one part juice for a cocktail that packs more of a punch.  

What is the best Mimosa glass

A tall narrow glass such as a champagne flute may be an investment, but their design holds bubbles longer. Typically, a flute can hold between 180ml and 240ml of liquid, so size wise a perfect glass for this mix. If you don’t have any, wine glasses are the next best thing. Pop your glasses in the refrigerator ahead of time, for extra chill. Skip the ice – it just ruins the bubbles.  

For extra glamour, why not garnish with mint leaves and orange slices? It’ll look great amongst your brunch spread. 

How to make orange juice and champagne cocktails for a party

When hosting a party, the Mimosa is one of the easiest cocktails. Perfect for easy serving in jugs, as all you must remember is combining equal parts orange juice and sparkling wine. The only downside will be some loss of bubbles in the process if the jug sits for too long (though we’re sure your guests will make this juicy cocktail disappear in no time!). Just follow the rules, using chilled ingredients, pouring the sparkling wine first and running it down the sides of the jug. Premix them just before friends arrive and keep it in the fridge until ready to pour. For maximum sparkle, resist stirring or adding ice. 

If you prefer to pour straight into flutes for your guests, a useful guide for quantities is one bottle of sparkling wine (750ml) pours six 125ml glasses of fizz. Depending on your chosen ratio, allow at least 750ml or 3 cups of orange juice for each bottle. 

What to serve with a Mimosa?

Any popular brunch dish makes the perfect match for a Mimosa so choose your favourites to delight your guests. We’re envisioning plates piled with French pastries like croissants and cinnamon buns, as well as sweet preserves and fruit salads. It wouldn’t be brunch without avocado on toast, so how about a platter for your guests to build their own, with eggs, bacon and crumbly feta cheese?  Classics like Eggs Benedict, French Toast and Shakshuka are just sublime pairings too. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our beautiful Mimosas needs little or no garnish, but if you’re feeling fancy, add a half a thin slice of orange, maybe a sprig of mint or two.

Making Mimosas in a jug makes for effortless entertaining! With our recipe calling for equal parts orange juice and sparkling wine, it makes things easy to remember. A note for jug pouring; if it sits for too long there will be some loss of bubbles (though we’re sure your guests will gladly assist in drinking it quicky). Stick to our tricks and tips in the recipe to pour the maximum sparkle.

When it comes to cocktails, the gospel is fresh is best. Saying that, who wants to be work too hard if you are pouring for a crowd and need litres? Make sure you choose a high-quality juice, not one from concentrate. Pick a smooth one without pulp if possible or just strain out the pulp. The drink looks so much better without the pulp and will keep the bubbles for longer without the bits.

A Mimosa is a champagne cocktail. The best bubbly for making mimosas is a dry sparkling wine to balance the sweetness of the orange juice perfectly. Look out for bottles labelled with 'Brut' or 'Extra Brut'. As you are diluting this drink with juice to the most part 50/50, there isn’t any need to pull out your best bottle of bubbly for a Mimosa. What’s most important is not to choose a sweet sparkling or rosé variety, as this will be overpoweringly sweet.

When it comes to cocktails with juice, the gospel is fresh is best. Saying that, who wants to be work too hard if you are pouring for a crowd and need litres? Make sure you choose a high-quality juice, not one from concentrate. Pick a smooth one without pulp if possible - the drink looks so much better without the pulp and will keep the bubbles for longer without the bits.