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Classic Mimosa... The Little Black Dress of Cocktails

Updated on November 22, 2014

Mimosa Recipe and other Mimosa Variations

Are you looking for a Mimosa Recipe or some information about this little classic cocktail.

Well let me begin with the fact that Mimosa's are just one of those drinks which dreams are made of. This drink is as classic as the little black dress and is an easy and wonderful accompaniment to any Holiday Brunch or gathering.

Heck! It's just a wonderful way to start a morning.

There are many variations to this little classy number and only ONE which creates the fabulous Classic Mimosa. Read on to find a Mimosa Recipe which will suit your needs or maybe you are more of a purist and will stick with the Mimosa in it's classic form.

Okay, let me take you on a journey to learn all about this Classy Orange bubbly Libation, known as the Mimosa and all of its glory.

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Paris Ritz Carlton
Paris Ritz Carlton

History of the MImosa

Only a little... I promise

I am going to make this as brief as possible only because I want to captivate you and not bore you to death with all the details.

What I found interesting is that the Mimosa cocktail dates back to 1925 and it is said to have originated at the Paris Ritz Hotel.

Apparently, this hotel was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and a glorious place Coco Chanel made her home for more than 30 years. I am imagining that they most likely enjoyed sipping on a Mimosa from time to time.

Just a hop skip and jump away, another drink was being made in the United Kingdom known as Buck's Fizz, which actually predates the Mimosa from the Ritz by 4 years.

The Mimosa and the Buck's Fizz are so similar and the only difference I can see is that there may be more OJ in the UK version. Now who to give the appropriate credit to? I am not sure, all I can say is the name Mimosa is the name that stuck. However, if you are in the UK, you will want to order a Buck's Fizz.

Photo Credit: Paris Ritz Carlton

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Is it a Mimosa or Buck's Fizz? - To give proper credit where credit is due...

What is your thought on the originator of this fabulous drink? I have read that a French Bartender stole the idea from a London Pub who had been making Buck's Fizz for a few years and brought it back to his place of employment, changed the recipe slightly and renamed it "Mimosa". Regardless of who is the originator of this fine cocktail, they sure are delicious!

Where do you think the Mimosa Cocktail originated?

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Mimosa Recipe

A Simple Timeless Classic


3 oz. Brut or Extra Dry Champagne

2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Splash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier

Garnish with an Orange Wheel

Champagne Flutes

  • Directions:
  • The Mimosa must be served right away or it will become flat. Always begin with chilled Champagne and Orange Juice, since there is no ice in this drink. Another nice touch is to chill the Champagne flutes prior to serving.
  • Begin by adding the Champagne to the flute. You do no need to pull out your measuring cups to make this. Just follow my lead and you will whip these Mimosa out like a pro. Let's Figure you are using a 6 oz flute, fill the glass with champagne about 1/2 way.
  • Then follow with the OJ filling the Champagne Flute to about 3/4 to the top of the glass and top or splash with the Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Topping or splash means just a little, similar to a pinch in a food recipe, be careful not to overdo it.
  • Garnish with an Orange Wheel

So quick and easy to serve to your guest as they arrive. You can modify the quantity of Champagne vs OJ to individuals tastes. However technically the Classic Mimosa should contain more Champagne than Orange Juice. You can also substitute the Fresh Squeezed OJ for Store bought, but be sure to use a High Quality Orange Juice like a Tropicana (not from concentrate) or Simply Orange. This is a good cheat but not near as good as using the fresh squeezed Stuff.

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Marquis Waterford Pitcher

Marquis by Waterford Vintage Round Pitcher
Marquis by Waterford Vintage Round Pitcher

Beautiful Glass Pitcher with a gorgeous shape. How gorgeous will your juices or other beverages look in this beauty.


Nothing compares to

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice.

Here's a little trick

to make your Fresh Squeezed

go a bit further.

Add some high quality OJ to your Fresh Squeezed

Orange Juice and Chill.

Shhh! It's our little secret.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice is so EASY with a Citrus Juicer - Tribest Citrus Juicer

Tribest Citrus Juicer Gets the Job DONE!

This is a fantastic little juicer which you will be so happy to use.

It really does a fabulous job of squeezing out all that delicious juice from oranges, lemons or any other citrus fruit you throw at it. What a tasty refreshing way to begin each morning.

Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar Electric Citrus Juicer
Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar Electric Citrus Juicer

Tribest CS-1000 Citristar Citrus Juicer

If you have been looking for a quality juicer then this is the juicer for you.

Quiet, yet powerful motor with churn your fruits into the most delicious juice you have ever tasted. Tribest CS-1000 Citristar Citrus Juicer juicer is not the cheapest juicer on the market but it is priced quite affordable. Save your money and skip the cheap ones and move right into the only citrus juicer you will ever need. So easy to use and clean, there is no stopping you from having fresh squeezed orange juice each and every day.

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Champagne Flutes

A Style for Everyone

Champagne Flutes come in many shapes and sizes. It is all about personal preference and style. However, purchasing a set of 6 or 12 is an excellent way to save money rather than purchasing them individually. Also, Libbey makes wonderful glassware which is used by both of my restaurants. The durability is like no other and the price is extremely reasonable. If they can hold up in restaurants, I am sure they can hold up in your house.

Crystal Champagne Flutes

Nothing beats the sheer beauty of Crystal. How the light shines through the cuts of glass is mesmerizing not to mention how it feels in your hand and when it touches your lips.

Mimosas are about the Champagne... Be sure to choose a Decent Quality and a Brut or Extra Dry Variety.

Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket

A Champagne Bucket to keep your bubbly chilled and ready to pour.

StainlessLUX 73158 Large Stainless Steel Ice Bucket / Champagne Bucket - Fine StainlessLUX Barware for Your Enjoyment
StainlessLUX 73158 Large Stainless Steel Ice Bucket / Champagne Bucket - Fine StainlessLUX Barware for Your Enjoyment

Very stylish and high quality Champagne Bucket made from 18/8 stainless steel, and measures 10.5 inches with handle and 8.1 inches high.

Entertain in style with this cool looking champagne bucket.


My Favorite Mimosa Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite Mimosa Recipes for you to try.

Colorful and Fun Champagne Flutes

Take a walk on the wild side with some of these fun and cool champagne flutes.

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Mimosas are just... oh so good, who could deny that. The champagne compliments the Orange juice and the Orange Juice compliments the Champagne. It's the perfect pairing to any Brunch and is a great choice for such holidays as; Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day. No matter what you are celebrating, a Mimosa really is that perfect little cocktail. And last but not least you really do not have to be celebrating anything to enjoy a Bubbly Mimosa.

I am not a fan of Gossip Girl or anything, but I really did like this quote.

"Here's my advice. Have a little faith, and if that doesn't work, have a lot of mimosas." Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

Mimosas are that Perfect Little Cocktail

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      What a fun quote with which to end a fun lens! :)

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      Gsusie 5 years ago

      Mimosas are for anytime, that is for sure.