This grapefruit mimosa is a twist on the classic brunch cocktail! Sweet and tangy fresh grapefruit juice is combined with champagne, and a sprig of thyme for a beautiful and easy brunch drink.
Spring is almost here! While today is a rather dark and dreary day, this weekend is the official start to spring, and we have sunny skies and warm temperatures in the forecast.
The last few days I’ve been preparing for our Easter brunch! In years past we’ve gone out for brunch after church, but this year as with last year it is a bit different.
To be completely honest, for me, having brunch at home is much easier! I get to make a completely vegan meal that I can enjoy, rather than picking around the fruit and vegetable tray at the buffet!
I’m planning to make a gorgeous vegan breakfast casserole that serve with my sweet potato brussel sprout hash. And for a few sweet brunch items I’ll make my homemade vegan pop tarts that are filled with fresh strawberries in a flaky puff pastry, and my mango pancakes, and vegan oatmeal bake too!
When it comes to drinks Easter and Mother’s day call for mimosa’s, am I right?
I rarely drink, but when I do, I always choose champagne! It’s my absolute favorite! The light bubbles just make my happy and remind me of celebrations!
You can go for a classic mimosa which combines orange juice with sparkling wine. But how about something a bit different?
This grapefruit mimosa uses fresh ruby red grapefruit that’s the perfect combination of tart and sweet!
It’s SO refreshing! The added sprig of thyme gives it a gorgeous look, and adds a touch of herbal flavor!
It’s a must make drink for any brunch! Your guests will love it, I promise!
Why you’ll love this grapefruit mimosa recipe…
- An easy to make cocktail!
- Perfect for a special occasion brunch like Easter or Mother’s Day!
- Only three ingredients!
- No special equipment needed.
- Done in minutes
- Gorgeous pink color!
- Light, refreshing, and totally delicous!
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Sparkling Wine, Champagne, or Prosecco: Choose your favorite sparkling wine, champagne, or prosecco. I usually opt for prosecco because I like the dry flavor.
Fresh Grapefruit Juice: I recommend juicing your own grapefruits, rather than using store bought grapefruit juice. It has less sugar, and a more authentic tart and sweet flavor. Ruby red grapefruits are my favorite.
Fresh Thyme: This ingredient is optional, but sure does make for a gorgeous garnish!
Tools and Equipment
Champagne Flutes: Use your favorite champagne flutes to make this gorgeous champagne cocktail!
Juicer (optional): If you’re using fresh grapefruit juice, a citrus juicer makes juicing the grapefruit much easier!
How to Make Grapefruit Mimosas
Traditional mimosas call for one part juice, and one part champagne or sparkling wine.
Here is where it gets fun!
You can add more or less juice depending on your preference. If you want a light mimosa, opt for a bit more juice. Or if you want a stronger mimosa, add a bit more champagne. It will taste great either way!
Sparkling wine, champagne, and prosecco are a bit more on the dryer side. So the added grapefruit juice adds a nice complimentary sweetness.
Depending on whether you choose to squeeze your own grapefruit juice, which is what I recommend, or use store bought juice, you may want to slightly change your ratio of juice to champagne.
Store bought grapefruit juice is higher in sugar, so if you use store bought, then I recommend using less juice and more champagne.
If you squeeze your own grapefruit juice, you won’t have any added sugar, so go ahead and use a 1:1 ratio of juice to champagne.
Top Tips for Making Grapefruit Mimosas
- Chill your juice and champagne before making your cocktails!
- Pour the champagne in your flute first. Angle the glass at 45 degrees while pouring to reduce foam.
- Add the juice after you’ve poured the champagne.
- Use freshly squeezed juice if possible. It will have less sugar, and a more fresh and authentic grapefruit flavor.
My Favorite Garnishes
Just because you’ve got your champagne and grapefruit juice, doesn’t mean you need to stop there! Make it extra special with these gorgeous and delicious garnish ideas.
- Fresh Sprig of Thyme: Adds a refreshing herbal flavor, and looks beautiful!
- Fresh Sprig of Rosemary: Same as with thyme the green of the rosemary contrasts beautifully with the pink of the mimosa, and adds a nice herbal touch.
- Chunks of Grapefruit: Peel and slice small chunks of grapefruit and drop it in your flute.
- Wedge of Grapefruit: Slice a small wedge of grapefruit, and place it on the edge of the glass.
- Grapefruit Sugar Ring: Dip the edge of your flute in grapefruit juice, and then dip in a shallow bowl of sugar to create a grapefruit sugar ring around your flute.
Here are Some Other Mimosa Variations to Try
- Use another favorite fresh fruit juice such as pomegranate, papaya, cranberry, or peach necatar!
- Change up the champagne. Any sparkling wine will do, opt for a dryer Brut, or a sweeter sparkling rosé.
How to Serve
This recipe is excellent to serve at Easter, Mother’s Day, baby shower’s, or bridal shower’s.
If you like this recipe, you may like these other mocktails and cocktails!
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- 1 bottle dry champagne sparkling wine, or prosecco chilled
- 2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice chilled
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme optional
- 6 wedges of grapefruit for garnish
- Juice 2 cups of grapefruit juice using a juicer. Or use store bought grapefruit juice. Chill grapefruit juice and champagne before serving.
- Fill each champagne flute halfway with champagne while tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle to reduce foam.
- Top the champagne with grapefruit juice.
- Garish with a wedge of fresh grapefruit, and a sprig of fresh thyme. Enjoy!
- Chill your juice and champagne before making your drinks!
- Use freshly squeezed juice if possible.