She’s zesty, she’s pretty, she’s the Strawberry Mimosa, darling! To be fair, this celebration-ready drink calls for a teensy bit of prep work, but it’s completely worth it. Tailor–made for summery occasions and romantic situations like Valentine’s Day, this lovely drink goes down like a mouthful of sunshine.
How to Make a Celebration-Ready Strawberry Mimosa at Home
PREP TIME 5 min
Make it virgin by using lemonade or sparkling grape juice.
Always make sure your Champagne is icy cold (better bubble action!).
Orange juice without bits blends better.
Add the strawberries and orange juice to a blender, and blend until smooth
Pour the Champagne into a flute by holding the glass at a 45-degree angle
Top off with the orange-strawberry juice
Add strawberry slices as a garnish if preferred
How the Strawberry Mimosa came to be
Named for a pretty yellow flower that echoes the color of the classic drink, the original Mimosa has somewhat murky origins. One story is that the beautifully bubbly drink was first poured at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in France in the roaring twenties. Another story is that it was first served at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco around the same time. Suffice it to say, there’s a fancy French origin in there somewhere.
The origin of the strawberry version of the drink is not really documented anywhere, but as staunch supporters of strawberry cocktails in all their marvelous forms, we’re very chuffed that it made its way onto mixed drink menus around the globe.
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Variations of the Strawberry Mimosa to try
The classic Mimosa has inspired its fair share of tasty spinoffs over the years, including the bright Bellini and the always-sensational Cranberry Mimosa. If you’re keen to push out the boat and see where this popular cocktail format can take you, we suggest trying your hand at the following novel iterations:
Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa cocktail
Perfect for baby showers and occasions when you are hosting sober or sober-curious guests, this cocktail switches out the Champagne in favor of lemonade. You could also use sparkling grape juice to get the effervescence without the alcohol.
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Strawberry Orange Mimosa Beer cocktail
This one may seem a little strange, but beer cocktails are having a moment, and it’s definitely worth a try! Follow the Strawberry Mimosa cocktail recipe above, but use beer as your sparkly addition instead of Champagne. A fruity kind of beer like an Imperial Pale Ale is a good choice since it leans into a similar flavor space.
Strawberry Mimosa with Vodka cocktail
Keen for a little extra kick in your mixed drink? Go the route of the French 75, and add 1 oz of SKYY Vodka to your Strawberry Mimosa. You could even try SKYY Infusions® Pineapple or SKYY Infusions® Watermelon Vodka if you want to go off on a tasty tropical tangent.
Strawberry Elderflower Mimosa
We love a beautiful floral moment, and the addition of 1 oz of elderflower liqueur really adds something extra special to this festive drink. Perfect for May Day or a garden party!
Ideal occasions to serve a Strawberry Mimosa
A Mimosa in any guise will always be a brunchtime go-to, but we like to think it makes a great addition to a variety of other occasions as well. These include:
- Mother’s Day lunches (moms love it!)
- Bachelorette parties (Insta-worthy for sure)
- Weddings (good-looking signature drink)
- National Strawberry Day, celebrated on 27 February in the US, and 5 January in Japan