The best juices for mimosa bar plus simple, famous mimosa recipe and fun seasonal juice options!

The Best Juices for Mimosa Bar Plus Our Famous Mimosa Recipe

“What Can I Bring to Brunch?”… Champagne!

Your party just got a whole lot more fun! I’m bubbling to tell you about the best juices for mimosa bar and our family’s famous mimosa recipe, The Espi’mosa! Now, lets get your juices and garnishes selected and your mimosa bar ready for your brunch party.

Mimosas and Brunch Just Go Together Like…

Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly. Lamb and tuna fish(ha! name that movie in the comments!)

Whether it’s Easter brunch, Christmas Eve brunch or really any other time we can get together with family and friends for brunch we’ll be enjoying mimosas. My blog, Memory in the Making, is all about having fun and SLOWING TF* DOWN to create a break in your routine. Life is short and I love making the most of it!

When family and friends show up, they know they’ll be greeted by our Espi’mosas! My married name is Espinosa. My father and mother-in-law, my husband and I happily coined the name many years back because it deserved one! It’s a super simple twist on the classic OJ mimosa; we add cranberry juice! The recipe is below.

Shout out to the Espinosa’s!

Fun Fact for Your Guests!

Bubbly. Bubbles. Fizz. Sparkling wine. Prosecco. Crémant. Cava. Espumante. Champagne. What’s the Difference?

You can’t call what’s in your glass Champagne unless it truly is. The word champagne is protected under the French appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC) system, since 1936. I first learned this on a visit to my favorite sparkling winery in Sanoma, California, Gloria Ferrer. Here’s the scoop…

According to howstuffworks.com, champagne is a sparkling wine (meaning it is carbonated) that is produced in the Champagne region of northern France. The French AOC does not permit sparkling wines that originate from outside of here to be called Champagne. While wine is made through fermentation, sparkling wines and Champagne require a secondary fermentation, which creates the characteristic bubbles. This second fermentation is known as méthode champenoise, which roughly translates to “the Champagne method.” It was created in in Champagne, France, in the late 17th century, and requires the second fermentation to take place in the bottle.

Like Champagne, sparkling wine is also wine that is carbonated and made from either white or red grapes. But unlike Champagne, many sparkling wines use the charmat method; the fermentation takes place in bulk in pressure tanks to create their bubbles.

But even if a sparkling wine producer chooses to follow the méthode champenoise, the wine cannot be labeled Champagne — or méthode champenoise — if it is produced outside of Champagne, France. The producer must label it as méthode traditionnelle or a similar term.

Other Region’s Rules

This is also true for sparkling wines produced in other regions of France. And there are plenty of French sparkling wines — known as Crémant — that are produced through the méthode traditionnelle.

Many countries across the world produce sparkling wines through the méthode traditionnelle. In Spain they’re known as cava; in Portugal, they’re called espumante. Prosecco and Lambrusco from Italy are made using the charmat method.

Sparkling wines from California and other parts of the United States are simply sparkling wines, no matter what their labels say.

Having trouble deciding which to buy? According to Cosmo, these are The Best Champagnes for Mimosas.

Next, lets determine which juices and garnishes you’re choosing and how much bubbly to buy for your mimosa bar.

The Best Juices for Mimosa Bar

There are numerous fun mimosa recipe variations, and they all have a time and place. When hosting a huge party a lot of the very funky combos could be fun, but in most cases they can be overkill. Other factors to consider are the location and theme of the party, and the season.

For a party of 10, I’d limit the juice selections to 3 options. Of course, one of those being OJ. From my experience, these three below are the biggest crowd pleasers. Additionally, I’ve included a few other seasonal variations that could be a great choice for your brunch party!

Top 3 Crowd Pleasers:

  • Orange juice (classic)
    • Garnish: orange slice or strawberry
  • Cranberry juice + OJ (Espi’mosa)
    • Garnish: cranberries (fall & winter) or orange slice (spring & summer)
  • Blueberry lemonade (Simply brand has one)
    • Garnish: blueberries

Fall mimosa variations:

  • Apple cider
    • Garnish: apple slice
  • Cranberry juice + lemonade
    • Garnish: rosemary sprig

Winter mimosa variation:

  • Chambord liquer
    • Garnish: raspberries

Spring mimosa variations:

  • Raspberry lemonade
    • Garnish: raspberry
  • Crème de mûre liquer + vodka + lemon juice
    • Garnish: blackberries

Summer mimosa variations:

  • Pineapple juice + coconut rum
    • Garnish: pineapple slice
  • Raspberry sorbet
    • Garnish: raspberry

Just for fun! Other variations:

  • Garnish: cotton candy
  • Have sparkling white grape juice for guests with non-alcoholic preference, or the kiddos!

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How Much Bubbly Should I Buy?

A 750ml bottle of champagne will average 6 to 8 mimosas, depending on your juice ratio. Knowing how delicious these Espi’mosas are, your guests are going to have at least 2 to 3!

Based on those estimates, for a party of 10 you should have 3 to 5 bottles of bubbly. But you know your crowd! If you’re worried some of those beautiful bubbles are going to go to waste, I recently stumbled upon this champagne bottle saving stopper.

The fizzy bottles can definitely add up, so when guests ask you, what can I bring?, ask them to bring a bottle! I would have at least one or two already purchased and chilling in a leak-proof, ice bucket, because guests typically show up with room temp bottles. Or ask them to bring it chilled, problem solved!

Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange.
~Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Lastly, lets complete the look of your mimosa bar with a few essentials and some fun, finishing touches!

Other Mimosa Bar Essentials

You’re a busy mama so I’ll try to make it easy with some quick, add to cart suggestions!

Don’t forget to pre-chill your champagne before the party. Then, keep it cool, in a no-leak ice bucket, like this great set of 2. Trust me on the how nice the leak-proof is to have!

This kit of the “But first.. Mimosas!” banner also includes the table sign! Borrow a picture frame from somewhere in your house for display. Such a steal of a deal!

This set of 3 carafes come with the chalkboards to label your juices!

Plus champagne stopper, glass and disposable champagne flute options, mini-tongs for the garnishes and ice and a 3-tiered set for your garnishes!

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Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for…


The Recipe for Our Family’s Famous “Espi’mosa”

The Espi'mosa, Cranberry juice, Orange juice

The Espi’mosa

Print Recipe
Our Simple, Family's Famous Mimosa Recipe
Course Drinks
Keyword Brunch, Mimosa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Ice bucket
  • 1 Small bag of ice
  • 1 Bottle of Orange Juice ~25ml per 8 mimosas
  • 1 Bottle of Cranberry Juice ~70ml per 8 mimosas
  • 1 Bottle of Champagne or your favorite bubbly
  • 4 Champagne flutes assuming 2 per person; 8 mimosas per bottle of champagne

Ingredients

  • 3 parts Champagne
  • 2 parts Cranberry juice
  • 1 part Orange juice

Garnish (seasonal options)

  • 1 whole Orange spring; summer
  • 6 oz Fresh, whole cranberries (or 1 bag of frozen) fall; winter

Instructions

Prepare the garnish (seasonal options)

  • Rinse orange or cranberries (defrost frozen cranberries in cool water)
  • Slice orange to create rounds, cut in half, cut slit for garnish to sit on flute

Make the mimosa

  • Pour 3 parts champagne in the flute
  • Pour 2 parts cranberry juice in the flute
  • Pour 1 part (splash) of orange juice in the flute
  • Garnish with your seasonal choice of orange or cranberries

Notes

  1. Pre-chill the champagne, then add to an ice bucket on the mimosa bar at the beginning of the party.
  2. Pre-cut the garnish (seasonal option of orange slice in spring/summer, or cranberries in the fall/winter). Keep cool in the refrigerator until the beginning of the party.
  3. Pop the champagne when your first guests arrive!
  4. Pour the champagne, then the cranberry juice, then the orange juice in the proper ratios.* Adjust for taste preferences.
  5. Top with garnish and enjoy! Cheers!
*This recipe assumes 4 guests x 2 mimosas each. The milliliters listed are a reference to scale up the approximate amount of juice needed for additional guests.

More Brunch Party Tips!

If you haven’t seen, I have another post which has the easiest brunch recipe that is CRAZY delicious, Mom’s “Sausalito Toast”! It only takes 10 minutes and I guarantee you and your guests will be making it from here on out!

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