This amaretto sunrise mimosa drink is a decadent, light, and fruity brunch favorite. It is perfect to serve company and you can make one or a whole bunch for a crowd. A delicious combination served in a pretty glass make this a great choice for special brunch, wedding, and Holiday menus.
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Learn How Easy it is to Make the Best Mimosa at Home
This beverage really could not be simpler, just a few basic ingredients in a pretty glass with some fruity garnishes makes for the perfect drink combination.
For best results make sure that you serve the drink cold. Therefore, chill the wine and orange juice the night before you plan to make mimosas. Then, the next morning just add the chilled ingredients and enjoy your cocktail.
Orange Juice. This really does taste best with freshly squeezed orange juice. However, there are some really great options in the grocery store.
White Soda, Sparkling Wine, or Champagne. Sparkling wine is what we use when we want the addition of alcohol. However, when we want to make a mocktail, we opt for the white soda such as lemon-lime.
Amaretto Liqueur. This is an almond flavor liqueur that is used as a flavoring base in many drink recipes.
Grenadine. This is made from pomegranate juice. We make our own as it just tastes so much better. It lasts for a few months in the refrigerator too. Make your own Grenadine Syrup ~ just delicious.
Fruit Garnish. Use cherries or orange slices as garnish. Any other fruit really works well too. We are not fussy; it all works for us.
If you want this a little boozier add a shot glass of vodka, Grand Marnier, brandy or whiskey.
Choosing a Wine for the Perfect Mimosa
The Perfect Wine to Orange Juice Ratio in a Mimosa
We like to use equal parts of sparkling wine to orange juice. We feel it tastes the best. Some people like to use a dry sparkling wine; however, at our house, we like a bit sweeter wine.
A “brut” is a nice choice of champagne to use in this mimosa. As for a sparkling wine, we love a good Moscato, which can also come in various citrus flavor accents that will pair nicely with the orange juice.
A wine called “Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco D.O.C.” is a great choice, we love to drink this all by itself too. It has a clean and refreshing taste.
Riesling and Lambrusco wines are a great choice for the mimosa as well.
While we love the freshness of the combination of orange juice and sparkling wine, there are a few other variations that I have enjoyed through the years.
Add a splash of other fresh juices such as, grape, cranberry, pineapple, mango, or peach
Use a blood orange juice
Add a fresh fruit puree to the bottom of the glass
Make this more of an iced smoothie by using a blender and blending the drink ingredients with some crushed ice. Thick and refreshing drink. Make sure to provide a straw.
Go ahead and swap out the wine for a lemon-lime soda, pineapple juice, or white grape juice. There are some carbonated water options that you may enjoy with this as well; however, we usually add the soda or the pineapple juice as it enhances the fruity flavors of this drink.
Amaretto Sunset Mimosa Cocktail Tips
Skip the pulp. No one really wants to have the pulp in their mimosa. Unless you plan on using the blender and blending the ingredients with crushed ice, it is best to skip the pulp.
Serve the cocktail in a pretty glass. If you have any champagne flutes or other pretty glasses, now is the time to use them. The taller glasses help keep the carbonation extra bubbly.
Chill the glasses. We recommend serving this as cold as possible. Therefore, if you can also chill the glasses, do so.
Mimosa cocktail options. Give your guests a few choices of fruit and mixers to pair with their orange juice. While you can make a big batch of mimosas, which we love, sometimes, it is fun to let guests personalize their own mimosa. Give them some options.
Amaretto Sunrise Mimosa Drink
- ½ Cup Orange Juice
- ½ Cup Sparkling Wine lemon-lime soda, sparkling wine, or champagne
- 1.5 Ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- 1-2 Teaspoons Grenadine
- Cherry and/or Orange slices optional garnish
- Pour orange juice into 10-ounce glass.
- Pour your favorite white soda, sparkling wine, or champagne next.
- Then, add in your shot of Amaretto and gently add the grenadine towards one side of the glass.
- Stir if desired or leave the colors separate for a nice “sunset” look.
- Garnish with cherry or orange slices on the rim. Enjoy!
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