French Mimosa Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Mimosa is a cocktail with a story as bright as its hue. Believed to have been invented in the early 1920s at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, it quickly became a symbol of leisure and luxury. It's a popular choice for brunches and celebrations, often enjoyed by those who appreciate a touch of elegance in their glass.

  • Origin: Ritz Hotel, Paris
  • Popularity: Brunches, weddings, and celebratory events
  • Evolution: It has evolved into various versions with additional fruit flavors or liqueurs.

How French Mimosa Tastes?

A French Mimosa is effervescent and refreshing, with a delicate balance of sweet and tart. The citrus from the orange juice provides a zesty freshness, while the champagne adds a sophisticated and slightly yeasty undertone.

Interesting facts about French Mimosa

  • Inventor: It's often attributed to bartender Frank Meier.
  • Name Origin: The drink is named after the yellow Mimosa flower.
  • Variations: The Buck's Fizz is a similar cocktail but with a higher proportion of champagne.



Champagne, the star of our show, brings elegance and fizz to the party. Its dry nature balances the sweetness of the orange juice. Why 4oz? Well, it's a classic ratio for a Mimosa, giving just enough sparkle without drowning out the orange. Leave it out, and you miss the 'French' in your Mimosa, ending up with just...well, orange juice.

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Orange Juice

This citrus delight is not just for breakfast—it adds a sweet and tangy dimension to our bubbly friend. Why 2oz? It ensures the drink is balanced, not too boozy or too sweet. Substitute with grapefruit juice for a tarter twist, or peach nectar for a Bellini vibe, but remember, doing so will stray from the 'Mimosa' moniker.

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Orange Twist

Ah, the final flourish! The twist adds a zesty aroma and an elegant look. Leaving it out wouldn't be a disaster, but why miss the chance to dress to impress? An alternative could be a sprig of rosemary for a hit of herbal freshness.

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Recipe. How to make French Mimosa Drink

  1. Chill your champagne and orange juice beforehand.
  2. Fill a champagne flute halfway with chilled champagne.
  3. Top with orange juice.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist on the rim.

Pro Tips

  • Proportion: Adjust the ratio of champagne to orange juice to suit your taste.
  • Serving: Always serve immediately to enjoy the bubbles at their best.
  • Orange Juice: Use cold, freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Savory: Light charcuterie with mild cheeses such as Brie or Camembert complements the effervescence and citrus notes of the French Mimosa.
  • Sweet: Fresh fruit platters or fruit tarts highlight the orange flavor in the cocktail.
  • Brunch Items: Pair with classic brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, crepes, or a simple croissant to enhance the dining experience.


Grilled shrimp or a light seafood salad would be a great match, as the acidity and bubbles can cut through the richness of the seafood.


A roast chicken with herbs can pair nicely, especially if the dish has a hint of citrus to echo the orange juice in the Mimosa.

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What you could change in French Mimosa

  • Champagne: Can be substituted with any good quality sparkling wine.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed is best, but a high-quality store-bought version can work in a pinch.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Mimosa

  • Ingredients: 4oz Champagne, 2oz Mixed Berry Puree, and a Berry Skewer for garnish.
  • Recipe: Chill Champagne, mix berry puree, pour Champagne into flute, top with berry puree, and garnish with berry skewer.
  • This twist offers a berry delightful punch to the classic Mimosa, with a burst of berry flavors adding both color and a sweet, tart complexity.

Sunrise Mimosa

  • Ingredients: 4oz Champagne, 1.5oz Orange Juice, 0.5oz Grenadine, and an Orange Slice for garnish.
  • Recipe: Chill Champagne, gently pour Champagne into flute, slowly top with orange juice, then add grenadine for a gradient effect, and garnish with orange slice.
  • A blushing twist on the original that adds a sunrise effect with layers of color and a hint of extra sweetness floating on the bottom.

Herbal Mimosa

  • Ingredients: 4oz Champagne, 2oz Lemon Thyme Infused Simple Syrup, Lemon twist for garnish.
  • Recipe: Chill Champagne, prepare lemon thyme infused simple syrup, pour Champagne, add infused syrup, and garnish with a lemon twist.
  • This botanical spin introduces an herbaceous note to your Mimosa, making it a fresh pick for garden parties and springtime sipping.

In case you forgot basics how to make French Mimosa

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on French Mimosa

What is the best time of day to enjoy a French Mimosa?

While French Mimosas are traditionally associated with brunch, they can be enjoyed any time of day, particularly during celebratory events or gatherings.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a French Mimosa?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic French Mimosa, you can substitute the champagne with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling cider.

What type of glassware is ideal for serving a French Mimosa?

A French Mimosa is best served in a champagne flute to preserve the effervescence and aesthetic of the cocktail.

How long can I store a premixed Mimosa?

Premixed Mimosas should be consumed shortly after mixing to enjoy the carbonation of the champagne. They are not recommended for long-term storage.

Is there a specific champagne that enhances the taste of a French Mimosa?

While any good quality champagne can be used, a Brut champagne is often preferred for its dry taste that balances well with the sweetness of the orange juice.

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