These Mimosa Mocktails are so fun and festive, you won’t miss the alcohol!
You just need a few simple ingredients for a sparkling, refreshing beverage that’s great at parties, brunch and more.
Keep reading for lots of ways to customize your alcohol-free mimosas, from different flavor combinations to Paleo and Whole30 options.
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Why this recipe works
Classic mimosas are a combination of orange juice and Champagne. They’re often served at brunch or other daytime events.
But obviously if you’re alcohol-free – whether permanently or temporarily, like when participating in “Dry January” – this cocktail is off limits.
So I’ve come up with alternatives that replace the Champagne but still feel fun and celebratory.
And while there’s nothing wrong with non-alcoholic orange juice drinks, I’ve learned that some other fruit juices work just as well, if not better.
So keep reading for my favorite juices as a base and lots of options for the sparkling mix-ins. There’s so many variations to try, you can make it differently every time!
What you need
Let’s start with the base. The best options for a fruit juice in a mocktail mimosa are:
- orange juice (preferably pulp free) – you can also try different flavors such as orange pineapple or orange mango juice
- cranberry juice
- pomegranate juice
- cherry juice
Look for 100% whole juice, not blends.
The cranberry, pomegranate and cherry juices offer a more tart yet less acidic flavor compared to orange juice. So mimosas made with those juices often have a smoother feel and don’t taste too sweet.
As for the bubbly part, choices include:
- Sparkling white grape juice – Since Champagne is made with white (or green) grapes, it makes sense that a non-alcoholic alternative would also be made from white/green grapes. However, most sparkling white grape juices also add sugar, making them sweeter than Champagne.
- Sparkling non-alcoholic rosé – Non-alcoholic rosés have come a long way in the past few years, coming close to the regular version in taste and appearance. They are often less sweet than sparkling white grape juice – some don’t have any added sugar at all. Try Thomson & Scott, French Bloom or Perle (for a slightly sweeter option).
- Flavored carbonated water – If you’re looking for a sugar-free mix-in, flavored bubbly water is your best bet. They’ll add fresh, fruity flavor without any sweeteners. Some good options include:
- An orange slice or small orange wedge
- Orange or lemon peel (peeled using a vegetable peeler or zester)
- Any berries or cherries with a small slit cut into the bottom so it can rest on the rim of the glass
- Kiwi slices
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh herb sprigs such as thyme, rosemary or basil
You’ll also need:
- Champagne flutes or coupe glasses
- A measuring glass or this mini measuring glass which is great for cocktails
- A cutting board and parking knife for the garnishes
How to make Mimosa Mocktails
In a champagne flute, pour in 1/4 cup of juice. Top it with 1/2 cup of sparkling juice or water and add your garnish of choice.
If using a coupe glass, you might need to cut the amounts in half (2 tablespoons juice, 1/4 cup sparkling juice/water) as they’re often smaller than a flute.
Some people prefer a 1:1 ratio, so you could also use 1/3 cup each of juice and sparkling juice/water.
Some of my favorite combinations include:
- Classic – orange juice and sparkling white grape juice
- Classic with a twist – cranberry, pomegranate or cherry juice with sparkling white grape juice
- Juicy rosé – cranberry, pomegranate or cherry juice with sparkling non-alcoholic rosé
- Cran-orange – cranberry juice with orange sparkling water
- Pom-orange – pomegranate juice with orange sparkling water
- Pom-apple – pomegranate juice with apple sparkling water
- Cherry mango – cherry juice with mango sparkling water
You might want to choose different combinations depending on the event or time of year. For instance, maybe you want a classic mimosa mocktail in the spring but a cranberry mimosa mocktail for Christmas.
Make a Mimosa Mocktail Bar!
Instead of limiting yourself and your guests to just one type of mimosa mocktail, why not create a mimosa mocktail bar?
Fill 1-2 serving bowls or deep-sided platters with ice for the juices and sparkling juice/water. Place various garnishes in bowls and set out glasses. Then let guests mix and match to create their favorites.
This would be great for brunch, engagement/bridal showers, Mother’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter and more.
Other recipes you might like:
- Frozen Pineapple Virgin Margarita
- Frozen Strawberry Virgin Margarita
- Mulled Apple Cider
- Honeydew Mint Cooler
- ¼ cup orange, cranberry, pomegranate or cherry juice
- ½ cup sparkling white grape juice or other sparkling juice/water (see options below)
- optional garnish: orange slice, lemon or orange peel, berries, cherries, kiwi slices, pomegranate seeds, fresh herb sprigs (thyme, rosemary, basil)
- In a champagne flute, pour in ¼ cup of juice. Top it with ½ cup of sparkling juice or water and add your garnish of choice.
- If using a coupe glass, you might need to cut the amounts in half (2 tablespoons juice, ¼ cup sparkling juice/water) as they're often smaller than a flute.
- Sparkling non-alcoholic rosé – Try Thomson & Scott, French Bloom or Perle (for a slightly sweeter option).