Let’s talk about bubbly and juice and how to make a mimosa bar. This is perfect for your next brunch, party or girls night in (and is also perfect for any occasion!)
I don’t know about you, but I looooove a good mimosa. There’s just something that excites me about bubbly champagne mixed with juice and topped with some fresh fruit. It’s just a delicious and genius combination, so hats off to whomever created it, ha!
As soon as I wrote ‘hats off to whomever created it’ my mind started conjuring up an image of a fancy woman (wearing a fur collared jacket and a string of pearls around her neck and lots of diamonds) telling the bartender to add a little juice to her champagne because it was the morning and it’s not acceptable for a lady to be drinking before noon. I had to google it, just had to!
Come to find out the mimosa is thought to have been created in 1925 by Frank Meier at the Hôtel Ritz Paris (so we’ll still pretend good ‘ole Frank created it for a fancy Parisian woman, k?)
I always feel fancy drinking them, no matter what the occasion. I’ve of course had mimosas at brunch, and at bridal showers, and of course when getting ready for my wedding, and also for New Years Eve! It’s just an all around great cocktail. Mimosa’s are made by combining equal parts champagne and juice (typically a citrus juice) and then are topped with fresh fruit – I’ve heard some people like to use two parts champagne to one part juice, so it just depends on your preference (I like the fruity flavors mixed, so I keep the proportions equal). And since I like variety I always like trying different combinations.
So when I saw small juice containers at the grocery store, I just knew I had to do a post on how to make a mimosa bar. The small juice containers make a perfect way to try different flavor combinations!
Step 1: you want to start by finding different juices. I decided to go with 4 different varieties: orange juice, limeade, raspberry lemonade, and pomegranate juice. These pitchers are a great option if you’re having a larger group and want more juice. Plus they look nice on a table setup.
Step 2: Champagne! (1 bottle per 8-10 mimosas)
Step 3: A variety of fresh fruit. I had orange slices, lemon slices, raspberries, and cranberries (strawberries and apples would be two other fruits I would recommend.)
I also found disposable mimosa glasses (like these ones), these are perfect if you’re having a bridal shower or party and don’t have 20 champagne flutes laying around.
After all your items are placed on a table, guests can choose what combination to make!
- Take a glass and add some fresh fruit
- Pour half the flute full of champagne
- Fill the remaining half of the glass with juice of their choice, and viola, everyone has a unique mimosa! (note: you can add fruit before or after you add the champagne and juice.)
Here are four different ones for some ideas:
Cheers to making a mimosa bar!
Other drink recipes you might like:
How to Make a Mimosa Bar
- Champagne (1 bottle per 8 mimosas)
- Different juices I had small bottles of orange juice, raspberry lemonade, limeade, and pomegranate juice
- Fresh fruit I had raspberries, cranberries, lemon wedges, and orange slices
- Champagne flutes I used disposable ones
- Arrange fresh fruit on a plate
- Open Champagne bottle
- Open fruit juices
- Set up on a table and instruct guests to pour half the glass full of champagne, the remaining half glass full of fruit juice, and then to top with desired fruit. Enjoy!
CAROL WAGERS says
Thanks. Needed some help, got it here. Carol
So happy to hear it 🙂
I LOVE this idea! I love pineapple juice and champagne. I also love cherry & lime together. Maybe cherry lime rickey juice with champagne? Hmmm…my birthday is in a few days, I may just have to do this. 🙂
So glad you like this idea, and love your different flavor combinations
If your going to the expense of a mimosa bar go to the dollar store and purchase glass champagne glasses. A toast just isn’t the same with plastic.
That’s such a great idea! I usually like getting the plastic cups because clean up is so easy lol, but you’re right, there’s nothing like clinking glasses 🙂
Sounds like a great idea! I’m having trouble finding cool disposable champagne glasses. Can you clue me in on where to get these? Thanks for,your help!
Hi Jane, great question! I usually just order mine off of Amazon – like these http://amzn.to/29OPjPM hope that helps 🙂
Marissa Kay (@intrepidmoves) says
Hosting my first Easter Brunch this year. Can’t wait to do this!
I think you’ll love it, mimosas are the best! Thank you so much for commenting!
Mimosa bar is really great drink for any festival, thank you for sharing on this blog.
Thank you so much for commenting, I’m so glad you enjoy the mimosa bar tutorial, and I totally agree, mimosa bars are great for any festival 🙂
Lynn Lovejoy says
I LOVE this!!! We are gonna do a mimosa bar for my French-themed shower so I’m super pumped 🙂 I love the story and how you looked up the story and now I feel extra cool because I know it 🙂 I too envisioned a beautiful Parisian woman drinking this (you know I love all things French) so we are clearly best friends! Wish I could have a few with you right now!!
This definitely would be perfect for a French-themed bridal shower (or let’s be real, it would be perfect for anytime lol!) I just HAD to look up the story, I didn’t want to fabricate history lol. Here’s to wishing we could be enjoying some mimosas together!
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan says
I love love love mimosas! It sounds cliche, but pink champagne in mimosas make them so pretty! : ) Happy New Year my dearest Phi!
Thank you so much Abby, pink champagne and mimosa are definitely a fave of mine, they’re so girly, right? Happy New Years to you as well 🙂
Mimosa bars are one of my all-time favorite things to put together at a brunch gathering. Yours looks gorgeous!!
Thank you so much Sues! Mimosa bars are just amazing, aren’t they?
I agree, mimosas would be an ideal New Year’s Eve drink. Champagne is typically way too dry for me to drink on it’s own. I’ve found that prosecco is a nice alternative to champagne for mimosas.
Champagne is usually too dry for me too on it’s own, glad I’m not the only one 🙂 I’ll have to try prosecco with mimosas too! Thanks as always for your amazing comments and suggestions, you always have me trying new things 🙂