Mimosa cocktail – far more than just a brunch cocktail

Mimosa Cocktail – Far more than just a brunch cocktail

The refreshing Mimosa Cocktail is an absolute classic. Be it at weddings, for a birthday, at a brunch, at parties, or at a champagne reception: you can find this drink almost everywhere.

This popular drink checks all the boxes with fruity orange and sparkling champagne. A shot of orange liqueur adds some extra spice.

This cocktail is super quick to prepare and can also be enjoyed without alcohol. That way, even the tiny party guests can toast. There are even more variations out there, some of which we have listed below.

Where does the mimosa come from?

The origin of the Mimosa is still unclear today. Some sources claim that the drink was drunk centuries ago, primarily in France and Spain, precisely because of their wide variety of citrus, champagne, and sparkling wines.

Others claim that the bartender Frank Meier, who worked at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in the 1920s and 30s, is said to have officially invented this drink.

Either way, the Mimosa has a long history of impressing us throughout. The reason for its popularity is, on the one hand, the simplicity of the drink, on the other hand, the endless possibilities for modification, which suit every taste.


Refreshing mimosa with oranges
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The mimosa is one of the popular classics – be it at brunch, on festive occasions, as a welcome drink, or even on the plane.
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Preparation time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Total time: 2 minutes
Category: Aperitif, Classic, Fruity
Origin: French
Keywords: Champagne, Orange, Orange juice, Orange liqueur
Servings: 1 Glass
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • 7 cl champagne
  • 7 cl orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 cl orange liqueur
  • 0.25 slice orange


  • Pour the orange juice and liqueur into a champagne glass.
  • Fill the glass with champagne.
  • Decorate the drink with a quarter of an orange slice and enjoy.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Proof: 10.3% vol
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Tips for the perfect mimosa and its variations:

Ice Ice Baby:

The mimosa tastes particularly well when you pre-cool the glass. The champagne and orange juice should also be cold before you begin the preparation.

Fresh or store-bought?

Freshly squeezed orange juice is the top recommendation for this drink, without question. The flavor is very different from the juice you can find in the store. Of course, you can also use store-bought orange juice when you don’t have a lot of time.

More variety:

Are you bored with orange juice? You can also use any other fruit juice you like for this cocktail. Cherry and apple are particularly popular, as are multivitamin juices. Of course, you can also experiment with syrup and liqueur.


Of course, you can also prepare the mimosa without alcohol by using alcohol-free champagne, tonic water, or regular sparkling water. Ginger ale is another good non-alcoholic alternative.

Frequently asked questions about the Mimosa:

Can I use sparkling wine instead of champagne?

Of course, you can use sparkling wine for the Mimosa. But then it technically wouldn’t be a mimosa anymore. 

Which orange liqueur should I use?

There is a wide range of orange-flavored liqueurs, so it doesn’t really matter which one you want to use. Triple Sec or Cointreau tastes particularly well.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of Alcipedia.com.
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