These Blood Orange Mimosas are a fun twist to the classic. Blood oranges have a complex sweet flavorwith tart and floral notes, and when paired with a bottle of bubbly, it becomes a winning duofor toasts and celebrations. Be sure to serve it with a delicious appetizer, like our goat cheese flatbread.
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😋 Why this recipe works
Blood oranges are generally sweeter and less acidic than regular oranges. The main difference between regular oranges and blood oranges is that they have an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which gives them a distinct color. We love using blood oranges in our Mimosas because some wines may be more acidic or sweet. Blood orange juice complements the balance of the flavor of most sparkling wines.
A traditional mimosa recipe is made with Champagne, fresh orange juice, and a generous touch of orange liqueur, like triple sec. We are swapping out the orange juice for freshly squeezed blood orange juice for our recipe.
Here are some of our recommendations/tips with the ingredients for the recipe:
Champagne. You will need 4 ounces of chilled champagne or sparkling wine for each mimosa you make.
Fruit Juice or Puree. Add 2-4 ounces of fresh fruit for each mimosa, depending on how strong you want your cocktail to taste. Usually, 4 ounces of juice mellow out the “strong” alcohol taste.
OrangeLiqueur. If you want a traditional mimosa, then you will want to add 1 ounce of Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Chambord. You can still make a delicious mimosa without it if you don’t have any.
See the recipe card for full ingredient information and quantities.
If Blood Oranges are not in season, our next favorite oranges are Naval oranges. They are very similar in flavor.
The type of champagne you use to make mimosas is definitely a personal preference. Here are some of our go-to’s when making a mimosa cocktail at home.
TrueChampagne is from the Champagne region of France, and the most common champagne used in most mimosa recipes is Brut champagne. It’s the driest, but it can be more expensive. We prefer Brut champagne due to its balance of acidity and a touch of sweetness.
Prosecco or Cava are two dry sparkling wines that blend well with juice and are more affordable. One thing to look out for when using a sparkling wine is that it will have different flavor notes, so reading the label on the bottle you purchase is always good.
Sparkling Rosé is a type of champagne distinguished by its slightly reddish color. Some are sweeter in flavor, and some can be dry.
🍾 How to Make
When making a mimosa, always add the sparkling wine first, then top it with liqueur and fresh juice. This allows the cocktail to mix on its own, as you don’t the wine to become flat.
A classic mimosa recipe calls for a ratio of 2-part sparkling wine, 1-part juice, and 1/2-part liqueur. By pouring the wine first, you can control how much juice you add to it.
🥂 How to Make for a Crowd
Whether you are looking to relax with friends or for brunch or celebrate, a DIY champagne bar is the best way to make mimosas for a crowd. Here are some tips for making a DIY champagne bar:
Keep the champagne cold in wine buckets with ice. Mimosas are best served chilled but without ice.
Have fresh juice or premade juice in pitchers. Experiment with the different juices or purees, or stick to the traditional route of orange juice.
Add bowls of seasonal fruits to garnish the champagne flutes. Adding fresh fruit to mimosas is a creative touch.
🥂🥂 Mimosa Variations
The combination of blood orange juice and champagne is our favorite, but here are some variations.
Swap orange juice for cranberry, pineapple, grapefruit, or pomegranate juice.
Make strawberry, mango, or peach puree for a fruitier twist.
Make non-alcoholic (virgin) mimosas with sparkling water or carbonated water.
📋 Recipe FAQs
What are mimosas made of?
In a traditional mimosa, you need chilled sparkling wine, orange juice, and orange liqueur, but most recipes you find only add both the wine and juice.
How long does champagne last after opening?
Depending on the champagne, it can last anywhere from 3-5 days in the fridge. The best way to store it is by covering the opening with plastic wrap or a cork.
The bottle has gone bad when the color has darkened, and there are no more bubbles.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
Use champagne flutes. Champagne flutes are designed to preserve carbonation, so using them will make your drinks extra bubbly. Wine glasses are your next best bet if you don’t have any champagne flutes.
Chill the champagne flutes. If you want your mimosa to be cold, chill your glasses ahead of time, along with the sparkling wine and juice.
Don’t add ice. Adding ice will make the mimosas become flat faster.
Skip the pulp. Use pulp-free premade juice or strain fresh juice for smooth, bubbly mimosas. Then, chill it before mixing up your drinks.
Looking to pair this delicious cocktail with something else? Check out our favorite brunch recipes before you go.
1, 750mlbottle of Champagne, prosecco, or cavachilled
½cupTriple Sec, Cointreau, or Chambordoptional
Make blood orange juice. Juice and strain the blood orange juice into a large pitcher and keep chilled until ready to serve.
Make the mimosas. Pour 4 ounces of sparkling wine into the Champagne flutes. Add 1 ounce of orange liqueur if using, and top with 2-4 ounces of blood orange juice. Add any garnishes and enjoy.
Depending on the champagne, it can last anywhere from 3-5 days in the fridge. The best way to store it is by covering the opening with plastic wrap or a cork.The bottle has gone bad when the color has darkened, and there are no more bubbles.Tips:
Use champagne flutes. Champagne flutes are designed to preserve carbonation, so using them will make your drinks extra bubbly.