Mimosa Recipes 101

Mimosa: 1. a plant with beautiful flowers; 2. the name of a popular cocktail drink. This post is going to be about the mimosa cocktail drink. One mimosa recipe included with this post is from the original recipe which was not termed mimosa; it was called Buck’s Fizz and originated in London in 1921. The name mimosa for this drink originated at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925.

The Ritz added orange liqueur to its recipe and the concentration of orange juice to champagne was 1 to 1 vs. 2 parts orange to 1 part champagne for Buck’s Fizz.

The original mimosa recipe:


  • 3 ounces chilled champagne (may also use sparkling wine)
  • 2 – 3 dashes orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces chilled orange juice


Add orange juice to a champagne flute (a tall narrow wine glass), add dashes of orange liqueur then add champagne.

Mimosa recipe also known as Buck’s Fizz


  • 4 ounces chilled champagne (may also use sparkling wine)
  • 2 ounces chilled orange juice


Add orange juice to a champagne flute then add champagne

Alternative mimosa recipe


  • 4 ounces chilled champagne or sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces chilled juice such as tangerine, peach, pineapple or mango


Add chilled juice to champagne flute then add chilled champagne and enjoy.

Non-alcoholic mimosa recipe

  • 3 ounces chilled sparkling white grape juice (may use ginger ale)
  • 3 ounces chilled orange juice


Add orange juice to champagne flute then add sparkling white grape juice and enjoy.

As you can see, your mimosa recipe can vary depending on your taste. However, remember that if you tell your guests they are getting a mimosa, most will expect orange juice and champagne.

The champagne you use doesn’t need to be expensive. However, dryer champagne is usually the preferred choice for your mimosa recipe. If you use sweet champagne such as Martini & Rossi Asti Spumanti in your mimosa recipe, you and your guests may find it too sweet. Piper Sonoma Brut is a good mimosa champagne. There are many others just as good, but I wanted to give you at least one suggestion to get you started.

No matter which mimosa recipe you use, you’re sure to find this a wonderfully refreshing and fun beverage for your spa day or spa party. It’s also a beverage where you can exercise your creative side and have some fun.

Now go have fun and relax.

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