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Mimosa (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
Two mimosas
TypeWine cocktail
Base spirit
ServedStraight up: chilled, without ice
Standard garnishOrange twist
Standard drinkware
Champagne flute
IBA specified
PreparationEnsure both ingredients are well chilled, then mix into the glass. Serve cold.
Mimosa recipe at International Bartenders Association

A mimosa cocktail consists of champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice. It is often served in a tall champagne flute at festive occasions such as brunch, weddings, or as part of business or first class service on some passenger railways and airlines.[1] The mixing ratio varies.[2][3]



The cocktail is named after the yellow-, Acacia dealbata.[4] The origin of the cocktail is unclear, and was originally called a "champagne orange".[5] Some credit the Paris Ritz's bartender and cocktail writer Frank Meier for making the mimosa cocktail; however, Meier's 1934 book on mixing drinks, which has a special symbol for his inventions, does not use it for the mimosa.[5] The mimosa can be considered as a variant of the cocktail Buck's Fizz, or vice-versa; Buck's Fizz appears to date from 1921.[5][6] The International Bartenders Association simply says the mimosa is "Also known as Buck’s Fizz".[7] The mimosa became popular in the United States in the 1960s.[5] A news article published in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote about Queen Elizabeth II drinking a mimosa, introduced to her by Earl Mountbatten of Burma after his visit to the south of France.[5]



Buck's Fizz is essentially the same cocktail,[5][7] said to have been invented in 1921 in London.[6][8] Some sources draw a distinction, saying the Buck's Fizz specifically uses twice as much champagne as orange juice while the mimosa should use equal proportions, that a Buck's Fizz should be served without ice and a mimosa should include ice, or that a Buck's Fizz should be served in a flute or coupe and a mimosa should be served in an ordinary wine glass.[8] However, some sources give instructions for making mimosas that clearly do not fit these characterizations.[3]

Other ingredients are sometimes added, such as Grand Marnier or orange bitters.[3]

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.[9]

The Vermosa is apple cider with champagne, notably served in Vermont, United States.[10] Apple cider with champagne and brandy is called an apple crisp.[11]

The flirtini is made with pineapple juice, champagne and vodka.[12]

The megmosa[13][14] is a similar type of cocktail, composed of equal parts champagne and grapefruit juice.

The sherbet mimosa[15] consists of champagne and a scoop of sherbet, instead of orange juice.

The lychee rose mimosa[15] consists of champagne with lychee and rosewater.

The Hawaiian mimosa[15] consists of rum, champagne, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cherry juice.


"National Mimosa Day" is an unofficial holiday observed on May 16 in the US.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Acela Express First Class Menus" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Creative Champagne Cocktails". Southern Living. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  3. ^ a b c "How to Make a Classic Mimosa". Esquire. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  4. ^ Krekow, Sylvie. "Mimosa – Drink Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Mimosa". Esquire. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Moss, Robert (April 24, 2017). "How the Mimosa Became the Official Drink of Brunch". MyRecipes. Archived from the original on May 13, 2018. Retrieved 2022-04-29. His 1934 cocktail book The Artistry Of Mixing Drinks includes the mimosa among its 300 recipes.... But Meier put a symbol—his initials inside a diamond—next to the cocktails he invented and there's no such mark next to the mimosa.
  6. ^ a b Schuster, Amanda (2023). Signature Cocktails. Phaidon. Retrieved 25 December 2023 – via londonist.com.
  7. ^ a b "Mimosa – Contemporary classics – IBA cocktail". International Bartenders Association. 29 April 2021. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Buck's Fizz & Mimosa Cocktails – history & recipes". www.diffordsguide.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  9. ^ Miyashiro, Lauren (2018-03-02). "Lemon Blueberry Mimosas Are The Official Drink Of Spring". Delish. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  10. ^ "Apple Cider Mimosa aka Vermosa". Dulcet Scintilla. 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  11. ^ "Apple Crisp Cocktail". Food Network. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  12. ^ "Flirtini - Pineapple Champagne Martini". Will Cook For Smiles. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  13. ^ "Megmosa recipe | Epicurious.com". Epicurious. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  14. ^ "Megmosa Recipe on Food52". Food52. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  15. ^ a b c "From Lychee to Lavender: Mimosa Recipes You'll Love". Country Living. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  16. ^ "NATIONAL MIMOSA DAY - May 16". National Day Calendar. Retrieved 2023-12-25.
  17. ^ "National Mimosa Day". National Today. Retrieved 2023-12-25.