Mimosa Cocktail: the Easy, Original Recipe for the World Famous Brunch Cocktail!

Total time: 5 mins.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
By Cookist

The Mimosa cocktail is a fresh and sparkling drink made with orange juice and prosecco, appreciated all over the world and perfect for an aperitif or, even better, a brunch. It is a variant of the Bellini and the Rossini cocktails, made with fruit pulp and prosecco; a light cocktail, typically served in a flute and decorated with a slice of orange.

Mimosa Cocktail's Origins

The Mimosa cocktail has a storied history that dates back to the early 20th century. It is believed to have been invented around 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris by bartender Frank Meier. The Mimosa's creation is often linked to the broader cultural movement of the 1920s, which celebrated opulence and the reimagining of traditional beverages with a twist of extravagance.

The name "Mimosa" itself is thought to have been inspired by the bright yellow flowers of the Mimosa plant, which are native to Australia and parts of Asia. The vibrant color of the cocktail closely resembles the hue of these flowers. In the botanical sense, mimosas are known for their delicate and colorful appearance, which may have influenced the naming of the cocktail as a symbol of lightness and festivity. Over the decades, the Mimosa has become a staple at brunches and celebratory events, epitomizing a leisurely and elegant drinking experience.

Tips to Get the Best Mimosa Cocktails

  • The base of your Mimosa is just as important as the orange juice. Opt for a Prosecco that is dry (brut) to balance the sweetness of the orange juice. A good quality Prosecco will enhance the overall flavor of the cocktail.
  • For the freshest taste, squeeze your oranges just before preparing the Mimosas. Fresh juice not only tastes better but also maintains more of the natural vitamins that store-bought juice often lacks.
  • Both the Prosecco and the orange juice should be well chilled before use. This keeps the Mimosa refreshing and can also reduce the amount of ice needed, preventing dilution of the flavors.
  • Pour the Prosecco gently over the orange juice to maintain its effervescence. The ideal ratio is equal parts orange juice and Prosecco, but you can adjust according to your taste preferences.
  • Once you've added the Prosecco to the orange juice and ice, give it a gentle stir—just enough to blend the liquids without flattening the bubbles.
  • Mimosas are best enjoyed fresh. The longer the drink sits, the more the bubbles dissipate, so it’s ideal to mix and serve immediately to enjoy the fizz.
  • Serve your Mimosa in a chilled flute glass to keep it cold longer and to show off its vibrant color and bubbles. Garnish with a thin orange wheel or twist for an elegant touch.

Which is The Best Alcohol for Mimosas: Prosecco or Champagne?

For a Mimosa, Prosecco is often the best choice. Prosecco typically offers a slightly fruitier and lighter profile compared to Champagne, which can complement the fresh orange juice without overpowering it. Additionally, Prosecco tends to be less expensive than Champagne, making it a more economical option for mixing into cocktails. The lively and slightly sweet characteristics of Prosecco blend well with the acidity and sweetness of the orange juice, creating a balanced and refreshing Mimosa.

What are Some Variations of The Mimosa Cocktail?

The classic Mimosa is a delightful and simple cocktail, but there are

that can add a twist to the traditional recipe. Here are some creative variants you might enjoy:

  1. Pomegranate Mimosa: Substitute orange juice with pomegranate juice for a tangy and slightly tart flavor. Top with Prosecco and garnish with pomegranate seeds for a festive touch. This variant adds a beautiful deep red color and a burst of antioxidants.
  2. Mango Mimosa: Use fresh mango juice or purée instead of orange juice. The sweetness of mango pairs beautifully with the crispness of Prosecco, creating a tropical twist on the traditional Mimosa. Garnish with a small wedge of mango or a sprig of mint for an extra pop of flavor and color.
  3. Berry Mimosa: Blend a mix of berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with a bit of orange juice for a fruity and vibrant Mimosa. This variant is not only colorful but also packed with flavors and perfect for spring and summer gatherings.
  4. Apple Cider Mimosa: Great for autumn, replace orange juice with apple cider. The spiced notes of the cider blend wonderfully with the bubbly
  5. Sunrise Mimosa: Add a splash of grenadine to your classic Mimosa to create a gradient effect that mimics a sunrise. The grenadine will sink to the bottom and gradually blend with the orange juice and Prosecco, offering a lovely visual and a sweet, tart flavor kick.

What Can I Serve With Mimosa Cocktail?

Mimosas are a versatile and beloved component of brunch, pairing splendidly with a wide range of dishes. Their light, effervescent nature makes them an excellent match for both savory and sweet brunch items. For a classic pairing, you might serve Mimosas alongside a luxurious eggs Benedict; the acidity and bubbles cut through the richness of the hollandaise sauce beautifully. They also complement the salty flavors of smoked salmon or bacon, enhancing the dining experience. For those with a sweet tooth, Mimosas are delightful with French toast or pancakes, as the citrus notes in the drink can balance the sweetness of maple syrup and powdered sugar. Additionally, the simplicity and refreshing qualities of Mimosas make them ideal for washing down a fresh fruit salad or an assortment of pastries, ensuring that no matter the brunch fare, a Mimosa will add a festive and light touch to the meal.

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How to Store Mimosa Cocktail

For the best experience, Mimosas should ideally be consumed immediately after mixing to enjoy the effervescence and vibrant flavors of the freshly squeezed orange juice and Prosecco. Once mixed the Mimosa will gradually lose its effervescence and should be consumed within a couple of hours. It's not recommended to store the mixed cocktail for long periods as the quality will deteriorate, affecting both the texture and taste.


Fresh orange juice

How to Prepare Mimosa Cocktail

Let's start by squeezing the orange: slice it in half and then squeeze the juice of a whole orange.

Pour the ice cubes in the mixing glass, then add the orange juice to it.

Open the Prosecco bottle, and gently pour the Prosecco over the orange juice and the ice, making sure to preserve the bubbles.

Mix it properly with a barman spoon, and then pour it into a Prosecco glass, chilled beforehand.

Garnish with a small segment of orange and enjoy!

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