The Mimosa Recipe!

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

What a special treat a Mimosa is!

This Mimosa Recipe is the drink to serve and enjoy when having a Mother's Day with brunch or perhaps when you take a special vacation and you wake up to gentle music and have an entire day just to relax.

Nothing says "special day - special person" like a Mimosa.

Okay…I’ll be honest. This is the second most popular Sunday beverage at breakfast/lunch regularly. Only the Bloody Mary is more popular.

The basic Mimosa recipe is on this page, but also included are several variations that you really should consider trying. Once you do, you may no longer be happy with the standard version, although it is very good, too.

A Mimosa is a cocktail recipe having two parts of thoroughly chilled orange juice combined with three parts champagne.

It's just that simple and easy ...and delicious!

Often the drink is served in a tall champagne flute, but I think you will want to use a large wine glass if you like ice in the drink (like I do) or if you are making a Passion Fruit Mimosa or the really delicious Mama Mimosa (my husband calls it "Big Mama Mimosa" ...don't ask me why).

The basic Mimosa recipe was first created at a hotel in France about 1925. I do not know who invented it or even what the occasion was. It may have been the bartender was just experimenting.

Let's get started!

Basic Mimosa Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 1 minute. Serves 1.


  • Champagne
  • 2 ounces of cold orange juice (Oh, if you have fresh orange juice, what a special treat!)
  • Orange slice for garnish if using a large wine glass (not a flute - no garnish with a flute)
  • Crushed ice (optional)



  • Pour orange juice into a champagne flute  (I use just a tiny bit of crushed ice in mine)
  • Add champagne to fill the glass but be careful not to overfill
  • Garnish with a slice of orange if using a glass other than a flute

If you want more ice, use a large wine glass and pour 3 parts of champagne in the glass and then add 2 parts orange juice.

Variations of the Basic Mimosa

  • Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier and you'll have created a Grand Mimosa (very close to a Mama Mimosa - see below)
  • Use cranberry juice instead of orange juice and you have created a Hibiscus or a Poinsettia
  • Use pink grapefruit instead of orange juice and enjoy a Lilosa
  • A Fauxmosa is a virgin Mimosa (no champagne). Use 7 UP or Sprite in place of the champagne

Now here are two more Mimosa recipes I really like. Give these restaurant drink recipes a try, you'll agree.

Mimosas are often associated with special occasions or brunch events but why not bring your special occasion to a new level with a few new Mimosa recipes?

From the traditional OJ and champagne to the Mama Mimosa, these recipes will add an extra flare to every occasion.

Passion Fruit Mimosa

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 1 1/2 minutes. Serves 1.



  • Champagne
  • 1 carton of Passion Fruit Juice
  • Ice (optional)
  • 1 orange slice and 1 fresh strawberry for garnish



  • Put a little crushed ice in a large wine glass
  • Fill about 3/5 of the glass with chilled champagne (you can "eyeball" it)
  • Top off with chilled passion fruit juice (let the bubbles of the champagne do the stirring)
  • Garnish with a sliced strawberry and / or an orange

"Mama Mimosa"

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

This Mimosa is not called the "Mama Mimosa" for nothing! I really love this Mimosa!

Preparation time: 3 minutes. Serves 1.



  • Champagne
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries



  • Put 1-2 cubes of raspberry ice in a large wine glass (see below)
  • Slowly fill about 3/5 of the wine glass with chilled champagne
  • Add chilled orange juice but leave a little room from the top of the glass
  • Add 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur and very gently stir.
  • Garnish with a sliced orange and Enjoy!


Raspberry Ice:

  • Crumble fresh or thawed raspberries into the compartments of an ice cube tray
  • Fill the tray with water and freeze
  • Add one or two raspberry ice cubes to your Mimosa as described above

Have a party! Enjoy your Basic Mimosa and the variations of the recipe on this page and the company of those you share them with!


"Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange."

Philip, Duke of Edinburgh