A Sunday brunch, bridal or baby shower, bachelorette party or any spring gathering calls for the classic mimosa. Made with a half champagne flute of orange juice and half champagne, this cocktail is an easy to make, timeless classic.
For the orange juice part, you can use your favorite brand of orange juice or you can use half a fresh orange. Juice the orange and add a little sugar in there and voila! You’ve got a fantastic base for your mimosa. However, when it comes to the champagne part of the drink, there are multiple options to choose from since you can go with Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and Sparkling wine but even those have options like dry, fruity, sweet, bitter and so on. To make your dream mimosa, the option of the alcoholic bubbly will depend on you. Below is a list of different types of Champagne you can use to make the best mimosas ever.
Champagnes Spanish cousin, Cava is lighter to drink than champagne since it has a shorter aging process and is a little bit more fruity with melon, citrus, pear and some champagne style acidity. Cava is a little bit more affordable than Champagne which is fantastic for the days you feel like having some champagne but don’t want to spend too much money. Some of the best Cavas for Mimosas are;
- Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
One of the best bottles of Cava you can find comes from Freixenet. Enriched with citrus, grapes and toasted almond flavors, this Cava will bring your mimosas to the next level. Champagne like bubbles in the Brut makes the drink livelier. Add a slice of orange on the rim of the mimosa as a garnish to up the presentation of your drink.
- Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut Cava
This incredible sparkling rose will surely add a twist to the traditional mimosa recipes. Bursting with raspberry and cherry aromas and the perfect level of acidity, mixing with this Brut Cava with your choice of orange juice will create an extraordinary mimosa.
Next up, a sparkling wine from Italy. The bubbles of prosecco are finer than the ones in champagne or cava. The thinner bubbles don’t fight with the mixer, so this makes prosecco a wonderful choice for mimosas. Instead of orange juice, try grapefruit juice for your next mimosas a different, adventurous taste that blends with the prosecco well. Best Proseccos to use to create your new mimosa with a twist are;
- Collalto Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Bru
Elegantly enjoyable on its own, this signature dry Prosecco will create an easy-to-drink mimosa for your parties or get-togethers. Really light, yet racy, a little touch of fruitiness and a little bit of sweetness all mix well with the thin airy bubbles, making any a mimosa headache free for later on. The original Mimosa recipe called for being served in a large wine glass along with a piece of ice. If you feel like adding your touch to the tradition, use the same presentation technique with this Brut Prosecco.
- Casa Belfi Prosecco Col Fondo Frizzante
This Prosecco has a long history, dating back to the 9th century. The recipe has been so popular and loved that the company didn’t need to ‘’pretty-up’’ the bottle to match the market. This prosecco has a fermentation process like champagne, which gives the flavor some depth, adding to the spicy, bone-dry, biscuit finish. Fresh orange juice with a little bit of sugar will be the perfect base for this timeless taste.
The star of the show and hearts. Champagne is the ultimately luxurious bubbly. The top of all the sparkling wines, champagne, truly is an ageless drink. Mixing well with any juice, making every beverage immediately more fun and boozy, there many wonderful brands of champagne out there.
- Michel Turgy Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs “Reserve Selection”
Some consider using actual Champagne for mimosas sacrilegious, but some prefer the real deal instead of its more affordable, drier, fruitier alternatives. This great champagne is made 100% with chardonnay grapes and it bursts with delicate aromas and flavors. The best way to turn this champagne into a mimosa is to use hand squeezed, fresh citrus fruit. Try a quarter of an orange and a quarter of a grapefruit to create truly deep, flavorful mimosa.
- Taittinger Champagne
This readily available Champagne has great acidity and structure to reduce the sweetness of the orange juice if you are not really into sweet mimosas. The big bubbles make dring really airy, giving you a fast and fun buzz. Try part orange juice and part cranberry juice for your mimosa base for the not super sweet taste to turn to a sweet and sour taste that will excite your taste buds to the maximum.
3 Mimosas with a twist!
Peach Melba Mimosa
- 2 cups of raspberries
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 cup thawed frozen peaches
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 bottles of Cava
- Blend the raspberries and half the sugar in a blender.
- Strain puree
- Blend the peaches, remaining of the sugar and lemon juice together.
- Add a tablespoon of the puree into each champagne flute and place a fresh raspberry on top
- Fill the flutes with Cava
- 3/4 cup of pear nectar
- 1 bottle of Prosecco
- Pear slices, to garnish your mimosa
- In champagne flutes, add pear nectar and top off with the prosecco of your choice.
- Garnish the flutes with slices of pear
Caramel/Cinnamon sugar Mimosa
- 2 tbsp of Caramel
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon sugar
- 1 cup apple cider
- 8 oz. of caramel vodka
- 1 bottle of champagne
- Apple slices, for garnish
- Pour caramel in a small dish
- In another small dish, pour cinnamon sugar.
- Dip champagne flutes into caramel to rim the glass, then dip in cinnamon sugar.
- Pour 1/4 cup apple cider and 2 ounces caramel vodka into each flute and top with champagne. Garnish with an apple slice and serve.