Manmosa Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:5%

Created by

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 Manmosa is a hearty, masculine twist on the classic Mimosa cocktail. It's a popular choice for brunches, especially on game days and other masculine gatherings. The Manmosa swaps out the traditional champagne for a strong, full-bodied beer, giving it a more robust flavor profile that's sure to please beer lovers.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Ideal for: Brunch, Game Days, Beer Lovers

How Manmosa Tastes?

The Manmosa is a refreshing, full-bodied cocktail with a strong beer base. The orange juice adds a sweet, citrusy note that balances out the bitterness of the beer. It's a robust, hearty drink with a smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Manmosa

  • The Manmosa is a popular choice for brunch, especially during football season.
  • Despite its name, the Manmosa is enjoyed by both men and women.
  • The Manmosa is a great way to introduce beer to those who usually prefer cocktails.


A few good options for Manmosa are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Beer provides the bubbly base for the Manmosa and contributes a malty, sometimes hoppy, backbone which plays off the sweetness of the orange juice and the strength of the vodka. Usually, a lighter beer like a pilsner or a wheat beer is preferred for their refreshing qualities. Too much beer and you'll drown out the other flavors, too little and you'll miss the body of the drink. As an alternative, a non-alcoholic beer or a ginger beer could be used for a different twist or a less boozy option.

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Orange Juice

The orange juice adds a sweet and tangy citrus note, which is an essential aspect of the Manmosa. It creates a harmonious bridge between the beer and the vodka, balancing both components. Too much orange juice can make the drink too sweet and overpower the subtleties of the beer, but too little won't provide enough contrast to the other elements. You can try using grapefruit or blood orange juice for a tarter or more robust citrus flavor.

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A shot of vodka gives the Manmosa its punch, subtly raising the alcohol content without overwhelming the drink's flavor profile. As a neutral spirit, it doesn't alter the existing flavors but rather enhances the overall potency. Skipping the vodka would result in a much less robust drink, akin to a traditional shandy. If looking for a substitute, flavored vodka or even a light rum could add an interesting twist to the flavor dynamics.

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Recipe. How to make Manmosa Drink

  1. Fill a pint glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the beer, leaving some room at the top.
  3. Add the orange juice.
  4. Top off with a shot of vodka.
  5. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality, full-bodied beer for the best flavor.
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice will give you a fresher, more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass before making the cocktail to keep it cool longer.

Perfect Pairings

Brunch Classics

  • Eggs Benedict: Rich and savory, the creamy hollandaise sauce contrasts nicely with the crispiness of the Manmosa.
  • Pancakes or Waffles: The sweetness of the syrup will complement the citrus notes of the orange juice in the cocktail.
  • Bacon or Sausage: Salty and smoky flavors from the meats will balance the beer's bitterness and the vodka's sharpness.

Light Bites

  • Fruit Platters: Fresh fruit, especially citrus, is a natural pairing for the fruity and tangy elements of a Manmosa.
  • Cheese Boards: A selection of cheeses can bring out the different notes in the beer and the citrus profile of the cocktail.


  • Shrimp Cocktail: The lightness of shrimp paired with a zesty cocktail sauce is a great companion for the refreshing quality of the Manmosa.
  • Grilled Fish Tacos: The lightness of fish and fresh toppings like cilantro and lime mirror the refreshing qualities of the Manmosa.

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What you could change in Manmosa

  • Beer: Any full-bodied beer will work in this recipe. If you're not a fan of beer, you can substitute it with cider.
  • Orange Juice: You can substitute it with grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor.

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Citrus Burst Manmosa

  • Replace beer with a citrus-flavored hard seltzer
  • Continue with the same amount of orange juice
  • Use lemon-flavored vodka
  • Recipe: Follow the same recipe but replace the beer with a citrus hard seltzer and the vodka with a lemon-flavored variety to punch up the citrus notes.

Manmosa Royale

  • Use Champagne instead of beer
  • Add a dash of orange liqueur
  • Top with a twist of orange peel
  • Recipe: Swap beer for Champagne and add a dash of orange liqueur like Grand Marnier for a more sophisticated version; the bubbly will make for an elevated and effervescent Manmosa.

Spicy Manmosa

  • Infuse the vodka with jalapeños
  • Use a wheat beer with a bolder flavor profile
  • Include a dash of hot sauce to the orange juice
  • Recipe: Add infused spicy vodka and a dash of hot sauce to your orange juice before topping with a bold wheat beer. This version will be a fiery take on the classic, perfect for those who like a bit of heat.

In case you forgot basics how to make Manmosa

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

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Frequently Asked Questions on Manmosa

What type of beer is best suited for a Manmosa?

Ideally, a full-bodied beer is best suited to make a Manmosa. However, the taste does vary depending on the beer used, so it's fun to experiment with different types of beers to find the one you like the most.

Can we prepare Manmosa without vodka?

Yes, you can still prepare the Manmosa without vodka. However, the vodka does add to the robust flavour of the cocktail, so you might miss out on the strong alcoholic kick that it provides.

Any recommendation for garnishing a Manmosa?

Manmosa is typically served with a slice of orange on the rim of the glass. However, you can choose to garnish it with other fruits like a slice of lime, or even a cocktail umbrella for a fun touch.

Can I use another juice instead of orange juice?

While orange juice is the traditional choice because of its sweet and citrusy note, feel free to experiment with other juices like pineapple or pomegranate. Note though, the juice does significantly influence the taste profile of the cocktail.

What food pairs well with the Manmosa?

Manmosa's robust flavours usually play well with grilled chicken, seafood, or even spicy Mexican food. It is also a great complement to traditional brunch foods.

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