This easy 2 ingredient Frozen Mimosa recipe is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion on a hot day.
Our cool interpretation of the classic brunch drink features orange juice that is frozen in ice cube trays. The frozen OJ is then added to a blender with champagne sparkling wine to form a smooth slushy consistency.
Frozen Mimosas are a fun cocktail to serve for special summer celebrations like brunch, Mother’s Day, or at an al fresco wedding.
Serve each Frozen Mimosa in an elegant champagne flute or coupe cocktail glass.
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What Is A Frozen Mimosa Slushie?
A mimosa cocktail consists of champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice. The drink is often served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, or as part of business or first class service on some railways and airlines.
The cocktail is named after the yellow-flowered mimosa plant, Acacia dealbata. The origin of the cocktail is unclear, and was originally called a “champagne orange”. Some credit the Paris Ritz’s bartender and cocktail writer Frank Meier for making the mimosa cocktail; however, Meier’s 1934 book on mixing drinks, which has a special symbol for his inventions, does not use it for the mimosa.
The mimosa is considered a variant of the Buck’s Fizz, which is essentially the same cocktail, said to have been invented in 1921 in London. Some sources draw a distinction, saying the Buck’s Fizz specifically uses twice as much champagne as orange juice while the mimosa should use equal proportions and that a Buck’s Fizz should be served without ice and a mimosa should include ice.
The International Bartenders Association says, “The mimosa became popular in the United States in the 1960s. A news article published in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote about Queen Elizabeth II drinking a mimosa, introduced to her by Earl Mountbatten of Myanmar after his visit to the south of France.
Frozen Mimosas are a simple twist on the classic 2-ingredient cocktail, served as a smooth frozen slushie rather than liquid drink.
FUN FACT: National Mimosa Day is an unofficial holiday observed on May 16.
Homemade Frozen Mimosa Recipe Ingredients
Our Frozen Mimosa Cocktail recipe is easy to make in under 10 minutes!
- Orange Juice: only use freshly squeezed orange juice. You can taste the difference! You can achieve a slushy consistency by freezing orange juice in ice cube trays and adding them to a blender.
- Sparkling Wine: the cocktail is traditionally served with champagne from France but you can also use Italian prosecco or Spanish cava.
- Garnish: serve in a flute or coupe as is, or add dehydrated citrus wheels or freshly sliced orange to the rim of the glass.
Mimosa Slushie Recipe Tips
This homemade Frozen Mimosa recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes.
We love serving this refreshing Mimosa Slushie at special celebrations like birthdays, bachelorettes, weddings, bridal showers and brunch.
We highly recommend using freshly squeezed orange juice, which you can strain before freezing in ice cube trays if you don’t like pith. In a pinch you can use high quality store bought orange juice like Tropicana.
We highly recommend freezing the orange juice in ice cube trays as this ensures the drink will not be watered down. If you have to make Frozen Mimosas last minute you can add freshly squeezed orange juice, champagne and ice to a blender but once the ice melts the drink will taste a bit watered down.
Mimosas are typically made with French champagne but you can use any sparkling wine you prefer like Italian Prosecco, Spanish Cava or a local sparkling wine like we like to use from one of the Niagara on the Lake Wineries near Toronto.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a Frozen Mimosa cocktail party you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Sparkling Wine Options
The traditional sparkling wine used in a mimosa is champagne from France.
Our Frozen Mimosa recipe is very versatile. You can use any sparkling wine that fits your price point. We prefer Italian prosecco as it’s more affordable. We’ve also prepared the cocktail with local sparkling wines produced on vineyards in Beamsville, Niagara on the Lake, Prince Edward County, Vancouver Island and Osoyoos.
- Champagne: French sparkling wine. It tastes bubbly and fruity, with undertones of freshly baked bread.
- Prosecco: Italian sparkling wine. It’s a little sweeter than champagne: fruity and flowery, with notes of apple and pear.
- Cava: Spanish sparkling wine. It has more citrus notes and tends to be on the drier side.
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How To Make An Easy Frozen Mimosa Cocktail Recipe
Frozen Mimosa Cocktail
- Ice Cube Tray
- Champagne Flute or Coup Glass
- 1 cup Orange Juice Ice Cubes
- 2 cups Sparkling Wine
- Orange Slice garnish
- Fill an ice cube tray with fresh orange juice and freeze overnight.
- Add orange juice ice cubes and sparkling wine to a blender and blitz until a smooth slushie texture.
- Serve in a champagne flute or coup glass.
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