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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 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]

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


The cocktail is named after the yellow-flowered mimosa plant, Acacia dealbata.[4] The combination of sparkling wine and orange juice has been consumed for centuries in Spain, especially where oranges and cava and other sparkling wines are plentiful, for example in Valencia, Castellón, Alicante and Catalonia. Sparkling wine was also consumed with the juice of apples, grapes, and other fruits. There are several mistaken theories of its origin. One such theory is that it was invented approximately in the year 1900 in a hotel in the Mediterranean.


The Buck's Fizz is a similar type of cocktail, invented a few years earlier in London, which has 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.

The Soleil is made with pineapple juice.

The Megmosa[6][7] is a similar type of cocktail, composed of equal parts champagne and grapefruit juice.


  1. ^ "Acela Express First Class Menus" (PDF).
  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.
  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". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ "Megmosa recipe |". Epicurious. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  7. ^ "Megmosa Recipe on Food52". Food52. Retrieved 2018-01-23.