Mimosa (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
Pool-side Mimosas at The Standard Hotel.jpg
Two Mimosas
TypeWine cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishOrange twist
Standard drinkware
Flute Glass.svg
Champagne flute
IBA specified
PreparationEnsure both ingredients are well chilled, then mix into the glass. Serve cold.
dagger Mimosa recipe at International Bartenders Association

A mimosa cocktail is composed of champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, or as part of business or first class service on some passenger railways and airlines.[1] The mixing ratio of the "classic mimosa" differs based on the source.[2][3]


The cocktail is named after the yellow-flowered mimosa plant, Acacia dealbata.[4] The origin story of the cocktail is a matter of debate. This cocktail was used in Spain centuries ago, especially in the East, where orange and sparkling wines (cava and others) are typical, namely in Valencia, Castellón, Alicante or Catalonia.[citation needed]


Buck's Fizz is a similar cocktail, invented in 1921 in London. It is made using twice as much champagne as orange juice.[5]

The Poinsettia is cranberry juice with champagne (sometimes with vodka and/or Cointreau).

The Lemosa is lemonade with champagne, with a small amount of blueberry syrup.[6]

The Vermosa is apple cider with champagne, notably served in Vermont, USA.[7] Apple cider with champagne and brandy is called an Apple Crisp.[8]

The Flirtini is made with pineapple juice, champagne and vodka.[9]

The Megmosa[10][11] is a similar type of cocktail, composed of equal parts champagne and grapefruit juice.


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  2. ^ "Creative Champagne Cocktails". Southern Living. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  3. ^ Editors, Esquire (2018-03-07). "How to Make a Classic Mimosa". Esquire. Retrieved 2019-05-31. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ Krekow, Sylvie. "Mimosa – Drink Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Mimosa". Esquire. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  5. ^ "Buck's Fizz & Mimosa Cocktails – history & recipes". www.diffordsguide.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ Miyashiro, Lauren (2018-03-02). "Lemon Blueberry Mimosas Are The Official Drink Of Spring". Delish. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  7. ^ Staff, Dulcet (2019-11-13). "Apple Cider Mimosa aka Vermosa". Dulcet Scintilla. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  8. ^ "Apple Crisp Cocktail". Food Network. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  9. ^ "Flirtini - Pineapple Champagne Martini". Will Cook For Smiles. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  10. ^ "Megmosa recipe | Epicurious.com". Epicurious. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  11. ^ "Megmosa Recipe on Food52". Food52. Retrieved 2018-01-23.