Basic Mimosa Recipe – Perfect for Mother’s Day

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Mimosas are one of my favorite brunch drinks…okay, Mimosas are a favorite anytime drink. They're boozy without being too strong and they're easy to put together. Check out my tips for setting up the perfect mimosa with this basic mimosa recipe.

Basic Mimosa Recipe – Perfect for Mother's Day

If there's anyone who deserves a little treat, it's moms. This basic mimosa recipe is perfect for Mother's Day. And mamas: don't wait for someone to remember you like mimosas. Hook yourself up. Or, drop some pretty bold hints on what your expectations are. 


Mimosa tips

Start with the right barware. While I admit to drinking a mimosa out of my favorite coffee mug, do right by yourself and invest in some barware to make it special.

I love the modern look of stemless champagne flutes. They also come in unbreakable acrylic if you want to enjoy your mimosas by the pool…or if you have kids that break all your stuff.


Make sure your Prosecco and your juice are chilled before you start. Don't use ice. I love these carafes for storing juices in your fridge. They look great on your table and they have plastic lids to keep things fresh.

Want to make sure no one drinks out of your glass by mistake? Although you can't use traditional wine charms that hook around the stem when you're using stemless glasses, you can get these really cute magnetic charms.

Leaving your wine bottles out for people to mix their own? Use an ice bucket. You can turn almost anything into an ice bucket or fill your sink up with ice cubes but I like this acrylic wine bucket – it's inexpensive and neutral and goes with everything.

Use freshly squeezed juice if you can. Yes, it's more work and effort but it's SO worth it if you can make time. This is the citrus juicer we have. It's not very expensive because it is not something we use every day. It has a feature where you can adjust the amount of pulp in your juice.

You can also experiment with different juices. Mimosas are traditionally made with orange juice but it is fun to change things up with pineapple, grapefruit, or other juices.

Ingredients for basic mimosa recipe

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of sparkling wine, like Prosecco, chilled
  • 3-4 cups orange juice, chilled
  • Garnishes, optional
  • Grenadine, optional 

If you like a sweeter taste, you can use a sparkling Moscato or any other sweeter sparkling wine. I took a champagne-tasting class on board the Disney Wonder and was told not to use champagne for mimosas. True champagne is from the Champagne region of France and I can't for the life of me remember why you shouldn't use it in your mimosa but I think it might be a “wine snob” thing. Also, champagne is more expensive than sparkling wine like Prosecco so if you're going to spring for a bottle of the expensive stuff, you probably want to savor it without anything mixed in.

Ideas for garnishes for mimosas

  • Orange wedges (I've used blood oranges here) or wedges of any citrus fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Skewered blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Buy a box of cocktail picks or swords and stick a few berries on there. If you're doing a mimosa bar, you can also do little bowls of various berries for people to drop directly in their glasses.
  • Fresh herbs: mint is a great choice. You can also experiment with rosemary springs or basil.
  • Pomegranate seeds

Looking for a great, eco-friendly way to serve your garnishes? Try these cute bamboo cocktail picks.

Instructions for basic mimosa recipe:

  1. Fill the glass half way with Prosecco 
  2. Top with orange juice
  3. Add garnishes if you like

Sunrise Mimosa variation

  1. Fill the glass half way with orange juice
  2. Top with Prosecco
  3. Add about ½ teaspoon grenadine down the edge of the glass
  4. Add garnishes if you like

Serves 4-6, Prep Time: 5 min

Tee Shirts to wear when you're drinking Mimosas

These shirts are perfect for brunch at home or out. 

But first, Mimosas

Mimosa Mafia

It's mimOsa not mimosA

Waffles and Mimosas tee

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