Mimosas are more than just a go-to drink for wedding showers and brunches. Mimosas are perfect for breakfast in bed and imbibing a little “hair of the dog” because they require so few ingredients, many of which are often on-hand as staple pantry items. Use a mimosa recipe or create your own to make any given morning feel festive with just a few minutes of preparation. Elevate your breakfast game and impress guests with a trendy prosecco mimosa topped off with a little something extra.
The Best Champagne for Mimosas
The best champagne for mimosas need not be expensive. Expensive or high-quality champagne would be wasted in a mixed drink that masks the full flavor and notes of such a bottle. Prosecco, a widely popular sparkling wine, is, essentially, Italian champagne from the Veneto region. Champagne can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from its namesake region in France, but prosecco is a cheaper, quality alternative, making it a great ingredient for mimosas.
What’s in a Mimosa?
The most basic mimosas comprise two ingredients: orange juice and either champagne or prosecco. Mimosas can, however, be spruced up with additional liquor or ingredients such as fruit. Try adding orange liqueur, vodka or whiskey to create a mimosa with an extra kick. Raspberries are a favorite fruit addition to plain champagne, and they make a flavorful addition to mimosas as well. Blueberries, blackberries, pomegranate seeds or strawberries also pair well.
For something more akin to a cocktail than a straightforward, simple mixed drink, try muddling some fresh fruit or add some fruit juice to your favorite mimosa recipe. For example, muddled blackberries or strawberries or pomegranate juice add another layer of flavor and sweetness to a dry prosecco mimosa.
Prosecco Mimosa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 8 champagne flutes
- 1 bottle chilled, dry prosecco or sparkling white wine
- 2 cups cold, freshly squeezed orange juice or no-pulp bottled juice
- Optional: 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur or vodka
- Optional: 1/2 cup fresh, whole blueberries, raspberries or diced strawberries
- Fill the champagne flutes two-thirds of the way with the dry prosecco or the sparkling white wine of your choice.
- Using a measuring cup with a spout or lip, pour just enough orange juice into the champagne that the color turns a light yellow that is just a touch opaque. The drink should not be the color of orange juice or translucent.
- If adding additional alcohol, add 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of high-quality smooth vodka or orange-flavored liqueur to the mimosas and quickly stir to combine.
- If adding berries, drop a few whole blueberries, raspberries or diced strawberries into the mixed drink and allow them to sink to the bottom of the champagne flutes where they can soak up the alcohol.
- Serve chilled.
Avoid going for cheap champagne that’s filled with sugar that may bring on a headache the next day. If you’re catering to a larger group, mix the drink in a pitcher and provide a bowl or two of the blueberries, raspberries or diced strawberries for guests to customize their mimosas.
Molly is a freelance journalist and social media consultant. In addition to Leaf.tv, Molly has written for Teen Vogue and Paste magazine. She is the former assistant editor of the Design and Style section of Paste magazine. View her work at www.mmollyharris.com.