Mimosa is a simple cocktail made with prosecco and orange juice. They are light, bubbly, and perfect for fancy breakfasts and brunches.
Do you want a mimosa? Of course, you do, because mimosas are light bubbly cocktails made with prosecco and orange juice. Everyone serves them at weekend brunch and you very likely had them on your holidays or special occasions. They are extremely popular for mother's day brunch as well. They are very delicate cocktails, incredibly easy to make that require just two ingredients.
The mimosa is believed to originate from Paris, as a creation of the bartender Frank Meier, at the Ritz Hotel. So when you sip a mimosa, you can imagine yourself staying at a fancy hotel in Paris.
Today I'm going to share with you everything you need to know about making the perfect mimosa. By the end of this post, you'll become a mimosa expert, know exactly how to make an exceptional cocktail and of course how to do a few variations of the mimosa cocktail.
A classic mimosa features just two ingredients: prosecco and orange juice. This is the original mimosa and you should not add any other liqueur, sweetener or else to your cocktail. A classic mimosa requires prosecco. Not champagne, not a different type of sparkling wine. This is very important!
Prosecco is an Italian white wine, named after the village of Prosecco. It is made from the Prosecco grape. Prosecco is almost always made in sparkling or semi-sparkling style (spumante and frizzante, respectively). For a classic and perfect mimosa, you will want spumante.
I know you are thinking, but wait, if this is a French invention, wouldn't champagne be the best sparkling wine? Not at all. The original was created with Prosecco. The good news is that Prosecco is much cheaper than champagne so you can still be classy without breaking the bank.
You will want to invest in a decent bottle of Prosecco, and they are usually around $12-$18. When I make mimosas I usually buy a $12 bottle of Zonin. It's affordable, sophisticated and elegant, enhanced by pleasing fruity notes.
I am a huge believer that fresh orange juice is the absolute best for mimosas. Make sure to refrigerate it before making the cocktails. You can make mimosas with store-bought orange juice but make sure to check the label and get great orange juice quality, not the one from concentrate as it will ruin your drink. As an extra tip, go for pulp-free orange juice because otherwise your cocktail won't look as elegant and sophisticated but will have bits floating at the top with the bubbles.
I like to juice my own orange juice and keep it in the fridge for a few hours. Feel free to strain the orange juice before using it in your mimosa. You can use any type of oranges you want, including blood oranges. Just note that the type of orange you use will dictate the taste of your cocktail: sweet or more on the sour side. I recommend going for navel oranges just so you get a sweeter mimosa cocktail.
The perfect mimosa ratio
If you want to create a classic mimosa cocktail, go for 50/50. Of course, you can try the cocktail and adjust the ratio according to your own preferences.
Are you on holiday? You can up the prosecco game a little. Have lots to do for the rest of the day? Maybe a touch more orange juice will be better.
The good news is that the mimosa will take delicious even if you are not extremely precise with the 50/50 ratio. Also, mimosas are so delicious and easy to drink, you will love experimenting with the ratio until you find your own sweet spot.
How to Make the Best Mimosa
There are two secrets to making the best mimoas.
1. You will want to use a good quality prosecco as previously mentioned. This is very important. Good quality ingredients result in a good quality cocktail.
2. Chill your ingredients before making the cocktails. You will want a refreshing drink and cold ingredients are the secret for it.
You can use two types of cocktail glasses for this: a champagne flute or a champagne coupe.
Make sure to pour the prosecco first. This is because you can immediately see the right ratio of alcohol and also wait a moment so the fizz settles. If you pour orange juice first, your cocktail might overflow.
Pour the orange juice and serve right away. Don't mix the cocktail or will release too much of your prosecco bubbles. You want a fizzy, perfectly elegant mimosa.
You can add a wedge of orange to your mimosas but you don't have too. Mimosa is a sophisticated, elegant drink that is meant to be simple and beautiful. But just because you add a little orange wedge, it won't remove the charm, so do it if you prefer it!
Special ocassion mimosa
Want to make a special occasion mimosa? Here's what you need to do to make it wonderful and visually impressive.
Get a handful of fresh strawberries, half them and slice them. Place the slices in an ice tray, then pour the prosecco to fill in the tray to the rim. Freeze overnight.
When you are ready to serve, take the prosecco ice cubes out of the freezer and place them in a glass. Pour the orange juice over the ice cubes and serve right away. Fresh, chilled and fancier at a glance!
Quick Mimosa Variations
Classic mimosa is made with orange juice and those are my favourite. However, sometimes you might want to mix it up a little and use other juices instead. The base ingredient remains good quality prosecco.
Here are other juices you can use in your mimosa, which changes their name!
- Tiffany Mimosa - 90/10 prosecco and curacao
- Megmosa - 50/50 prosecco and grapefruit juice, decorated with fresh raspberries
- Bellini - 50/50 prosecco and peach schnapps or peach purée
- Poinsettia - 50/50 prosecco and cranberry juice
- Pomegranate Mimosa - 50/50 prosecco and pomegranate juice
- Pineapple Mimosa - 50/50 prosecco and pineapple juice
How to make a mimosa pitcher
If you're hosting a party, you might want to create a mimosa pitcher for ease. Mix equal parts of prosecco and orange juice in a pitcher. As a rule, you should know that a bottle of prosecco (750ml) mixed with 750 ml of orange juice is roughly enough for 8 servings.
To keep it chilled you can add a bucket of ice around your mimosa pitcher. Do not add ice directly into your mimosa pitcher or you may ruin the taste.
Make a mimosa bar
This is ideal for a bridal shower or a get together with family and friends. Decorate the glass with a white ribbon, beautifully tied around the glass's stem.
To make it super fancy, decorate the rim of some of the flutes with sugar (ideal for Tiffany mimosas).
Place open bottles of prosecco in buckets filled with ice. Provide all sort of juices on the table so your guests can mix and match and create their own favourite mimosas. You can get a cute blackboard and write on it some of the above mimosa variations so your guests can experiment.
And since we're both cocktail lovers, have a look at my other creations:
- - Perfect Hendricks Gin Tonic
- - Authentic Italian Aperol
- - Passion Fruit Margarita
- - Passion Fruit Martini
- - Basil Vodka Cocktail
- - Basil Smash Cocktail
- - Triple Sec Cocktail
- - Smoky Spicy Margarita
That's it! You are now a mimosa expert and you can entertain everyone with awesome sophisticated cocktails. I hope my mimosa tips will help you create the best ever cocktails.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.