Brunches, celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or lazy Sunday afternoons – there's a drink that effortlessly elevates any fall occasion: the Apple Cider Mimosa. One of my favorite autumn traditions is enjoying a warm cup of apple cider. But this year, I decided to spice things up and turn my apple cider into a delicious fall-inspired cocktail. Introducing my easy apple cider mimosa recipe! It takes just 2 ingredients to make this fizzy, flavorful drink that perfectly captures the taste of fall. The best part is it's incredibly simple to make, so you can enjoy apple cider mimosas anytime.
Sort of like my caramel apple cocktail, this delightful twist on the classic mimosa brings the crisp, autumn flavors of apple cider into the effervescent world of champagne for a fantastic fall cocktail. Simple to make yet undeniably elegant, the Apple Cider Mimosa is sure to become your go-to beverage for any holiday gathering this fall. Let's dive into this refreshing and seasonal recipe that's bound to impress your guests.
The two-ingredient mimosa is easy to make. Even if you want to add fun garnishes, this is a simple fall cocktail.
- apple cider - Not to be mistaken for apple juice, apple cider is the deeper brown apple drink that many times is found in the refrigerator section or straighr form the apple orchard.
- champagne or sparkling wine
Garnishes can be an apple slice or a simple cinnamon and sugar rim. See the recipe card for quantities.
What is the best sparkling wine for apple cider mimosas?
Here are some recommendations for the best sparkling wines to use in an apple cider mimosa:
- Prosecco - Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine that tends to be fruitier and sweeter than Champagne. Its soft bubbles and hints of peach, apple, and pear complement the apple cider beautifully. Prosecco is also more affordable than Champagne.
- Cava - Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine made in the same method as Champagne. It tends to be drier than Prosecco with a crisp, citrusy taste. The acidity of a brut or extra brut Cava balances the sweetness of the cider.
- Sparkling Rosé - For a prettier pink mimosa, use an affordable domestic sparkling rosé or rosé Champagne/Cava. The berry and citrus notes add a nice layer of flavor.
- Crémant - Crémant is a French sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region. It offers high quality at a lower price point than Champagne. Crémant tends to have elegant apple and peach flavors.
- Moscato D'Asti - This Italian sparkling wine is lightly sweet and fruity, made from the Muscat grape. Its peach, apricot and orange blossom flavors are delightful with cider.
- Champagne - Real Champagne from the Champagne region of France can be used for a splurge-worthy cider mimosa. Opt for a brut or extra brut rather than a sweeter style.
The most important thing is to choose a dry to extra dry sparkling wine since the apple cider already contributes sweetness. Stay away from heavily sweet sparkling wines like Asti Spumante. With the right bubbly, an apple cider mimosa is the perfect fall-flavored drink!
Instructions - How to Make an Apple Cider Mimosa
These mimosa can be made one at a time or by the pitcher. Here is how you make the apple cider mimosa.
Fill a champagne flute half full with champagne or sparkling wine.
Top off the sparkling wine with apple cider.
There you have it - a delicious apple cider mimosa. Apple slices can make a fun garnish for the mimosa. A narrow champagne flute could make that hard to do though. Regardless, you are ready for a festive Thanksgiving kicked off with mimosas.
Looking to made the kids mock-mimosas? Just buy a bottle of sparkling apple cider.
Hint: Don't use overly sweet bubbly. Sweet sparkling wine and the sweet apple cider will just be too much sweetness.
Variations of Mimosas
If you are curious about what juice is best for mimosa, I am telling you probably all of them. Here are some of the best juice options to use for making delicious mimosas:
- Orange juice - This classic is probably the most popular juice choice for mimosas. Fresh-squeezed OJ has nice citrus notes that pair well with champagne or other sparkling wines.
- Grapefruit juice - For a bit of tartness, grapefruit juice makes a nice alternative to orange juice in mimosas. It has a nice bright, crisp flavor.
- Pineapple juice - Pineapple juice gives mimosas a tropical twist. The sweetness balances nicely with the dryness of the bubbly.
- Cranberry juice - For a pretty pink drink, use cranberry juice for a fruity flavor. Opt for 100% juice without added sugar. Cran-apple blends also work well.
- Pomegranate juice - Pomegranate adds a vibrant red hue and antioxidants. The tart but sweet flavor provides a unique mimosa experience.
- Peach nectar - For a bellini-inspired mimosa, peach nectar lends delicate stone fruit flavors.
- Mango nectar - Mango makes mimosas taste like a tropical vacation. It has rich, refreshing flavors.
- Pear nectar - Underrated pear nectar can provide a nice mellow fruitiness in mimosas.
No matter what juice you choose, try to use 100% fruit juices without added sweeteners. And consider fresh juices for optimum flavor. Experiment to find your own favorite fruit combinations for mimosa bliss!
Get either stemless or stemmed champagne flutes for the perfect mimosa. Check out the best home bar essentials.
As soon as you pour the sparkling wine, the bubbles will start to disappear. But if you have leftover champagne, you can use a champagne stopper.
1000% recommend apple cider and champagne. Just make sure it isn't overly sweet.
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Apple cider mimosa
- 1 part sparkling wine
- 1 part apple cider
- 1 apple slice optional
- Pour apple cider into a champagne flute until half full.
- Top off with sparkling wine.
- Garnish with an apple slice.