What drink is more delicious for brunch than a sparkling citrus mimosa? How about a mimosa mocktail? This fabulously simple drink is garnished with fresh basil and can be enjoyed by everyone!
Whether it’s a special brunch, a holiday, or a celebration, mimosas bring cheer! This simple take on the classic mimosa can be enjoyed by all!
When I was pregnant with my first child, my best friend threw me a spectacular baby shower. It was a brunch with our closest friends and family. It was at her mom’s house, which was on a gorgeous piece of land in the country.
Both my best friend, and her mom, who is like a second mother to me, love to entertain. They went all out when it came to the food, drinks, and party games.
No detail was left unturned, including a special mimosa mocktail for me, and other guests who wanted a celebratory but alcohol free drink to enjoy!
Now I make them all the time when I host friends and family for brunch. It’s an excellent option for those that don’t want alcohol, and it’s kid friendly too.
My kiddos feel super special sipping from a fancy champagne flute!
This sparkling beverage has all the bubbles and flavor of the original!
Why This Recipe Works
- Fun and Festive
- Suitable for ALL Ages
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Sparkling Water: Traditional mimosas start with sparkling wine, so creating a mocktail version must be sparkly too. I choose to use sparkling water or club soda. You can get a bit more creative here, and use a flavored sparkling water if you prefer. I enjoy using a lime or peach flavored sparkling water.
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice is always the best! It adds so much depth of flavor that you just can’t get from bottled orange juice. Use a citrus juicer to be sure to get all the juice you can out of your naval oranges.
Basil Leaves (optional): I like to add a hint of basil to my mocktail. It’s not necessary, but adds a beautiful herbal undertone. Basil compliments orange in such a unique and unexpected way!
If using fresh squeezed orange juice, juice your oranges with a citrus juicer.
Fill your champagne flute half way full with the sparkling water of your choice.
Pour the freshly squeezed orange juice into the glass up to the top.
Optional: Roll a basil and insert into the glass. Garnish with a wedge of orange.
- For the best results use freshly squeezed orange juice. It tastes fresh. It’s lighter, and has a bit more tartness.
- Use equal parts sparkling water, and orange juice.
- Add the sparkling water first, then the juice. This allows the juice and water to mix on it’s own. No stirring needed!
- Making for a crowed? You can mix the ingredients in a pitcher, and then pour into glasses. Just be sure to add the sparkling water to the pitcher first, and then the orange juice. Use equal parts of each one.
I prefer sparkling water, but you can also use tonic water, or even Sprite, or another clear sparkling beverage. Personally, I feel tonic and Sprite is too sweet when combined with the orange juice, and you lose that fresh squeezed orange flavor. But you can really use any clear sparkling beverage you prefer.
Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor. It’s light, delicate, and fresh! If you’re in a pinch for time, I recommend using the Simply brand of orange juice, or buy fresh squeezed from Whole Foods.
Yes! This recipe can easily accommodate a large group! Use equal parts sparkling beverage and orange juice. Pour into a pitcher, mix gently and serve chilled.
I like to serve them in champagne flutes, with a wedge of orange for garnish.
If you’re making each drink for each person, you won’t need to store and keep extra. However, if you are making for a large group, and you have extra, lightly wrap the pitcher in saran wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. The sparkling water will lose its fizz after a few hours, so it’s best to drink, and enjoy, then to make in advance and store.
Variations and Substitutions
- Use Tonic Water: If you don’t have sparkling water, you can also use tonic water. Remember that tonic water is sweetened, so you might want to go lighter on the orange juice.
- Flavored Waters: You can get creative here by choosing flavored sparkling waters to pair with the orange juice. There are so many varieties on the market today. My favorites are peach and lime!
- Grapefruit Juice: My Grapefruit Mimosa is another big hit at parties. You can can do the same recipe, just use sparkling water and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. This will have a less sweet, more tart flavor.
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- 4 cups soda water
- 2 cups orange juice 4-8 oranges for freshly squeezed
- orange slices for garnish
- 4 fresh basil leaves
- Squeeze the juice of 4 -6 oranges using a citrus juicer. Or use 2 cups of orange juice.
- Pour the sparkling water into champagne flutes halfway full. Pour orange juice to the top.
- Garnish with fresh orange slices, and a basil leaf (optional).
- To make for a crowd mix equal parts of chilled sparkling water, and orange juice in a pitcher. Pour into champagne flutes to serve.
- Use flavored sparkling water, tonic water, or Sprite if you prefer.
- Try different juices such as grapefruit juice, or cranberry juice for a holiday twist.
- Best made fresh. I do not recommend making several hours in advance as the sparkling water will lose its fizz.
- Make sure sparkling water and juice is chilled before preparing and serving.