To help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and National Mimosa Day coming up in a couple weeks, I’m so excited to share this Pineapple Sunrise Mimosa recipe. It’s a delicious twist on a traditional mimosa and I know you’re all going to love it!
Easy Pineapple Mimosa Recipe
This easy Pineapple Sunrise Mimosa recipe is a delicious twist on traditional mimosas, made with three different citrus juices: pineapple, orange, and lime. Perfect for holidays, Sunday brunch, and anytime you’re celebrating with friends and family.
What are Mimosas?
First off, let’s get you aquatinted with mimosas in case you’ve never had one. A mimosa is a bubbly cocktail, traditionally made with a combination of sparkling wine and orange juice. They are incredibly simple, with fresh citrus flavor, a nice light fizz, and vibrant sunny color, made in less than a minute and usually served in a tall champagne flute.
Why We Love a Mimosa
- Easy to make. With only a couple ingredients and no cocktail shaker or special equipment, you can literally make a mimosa in less than a minute!
- They make us feel fancy! Even with their simplicity, sipping on one makes us feel so upperclass. Maybe it’s the fancy glass? The bubbles? Or how the name sounds…who knows. But when we’re drinking one, it seems like we should be on a yacht. HA!
- It’s a drink fit for many occasions. They’re a beloved drink, popular at bridal showers, weddings, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, with First Class passengers when flying somewhere, poolside, and of course at any Sunday brunch. Mimosas just make everything feel more festive.
Classic mimosas are made with just two ingredients – dry sparkling wine and orange juice. Some recipes (like ours) also add in Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur.) Today, we took the classic and gave it a delicious tropical twist with pineapple, lime juice, and fresh fruit slices.
(To make this mimosa recipe, scroll to the bottom for our easy printable recipe with all the details.)
What’s the Best Champagne for Mimosas?
Real Champagne (from France) can be very expensive, and you really don’t need it for a mimosa, since the sweet orange juice will dilute the delicate flavor anyway. Go for a more affordable sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco – a good bottle of either of those will run you about $15.
- What is Cava? Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain, typically made using the same method as Champagne. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, creating those beloved bubbles. It’s usually dry so it pairs well with a very sweet orange juice.
- What is Prosecco? Prosecco is a sparkling wine that hails from Italy, which is usually made by fermenting the wine in a tank and then bottling it afterwards. It’s dry, but also slightly sweet, so it’s a great pairing with oranges that are more on the bitter side.
You do want to avoid super cheap sparkling wine, though. Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava is a personal fav, which is crisp, clean, and well-balanced.
If you’re not 21 years old yet, or simply don’t drink alcohol, you can still enjoy a non-alcoholic mimosa by swapping out the sparkling wine with ginger ale or sparkling apple cider. Still delish!
Freshly squeezed orange juice that’s been chilled is the best for mimosas. Any oranges work for mimosas! Choose from navel, blood oranges, or even clementines. Set some time aside to juice your own and allow time for it to chill before using. Strain the orange juice to remove any pulp. If you have to buy it pre-made, make sure it’s pulp-free and the highest quality.
Use A Different Citrus
How to Make a Mimosa
Making a mimosa is so quick and easy! Simply pour the chilled juice in a glass (a champagne flute if you’re feeling fancy) and then slowly pour in the champagne. Done! If you’ve never made one before, we recommend starting with a ratio of 50/50, juice to bubbly.
The perfect ratio is subjective, of course. If you want it more boozy with 2 parts sparkling wine and 1 part juice, do that. Or if you like your drinks sweeter, do the reverse. But we suggest starting with equal parts, taste, and figure out your preference. (To make this mimosa recipe, scroll to the bottom for our easy printable recipe with all the details.)
Tips for Success
Even though a mimosa drink couldn’t get any easier, there are still a few tips to keep in mind to make the best drinks possible.
- Use cold ingredients. Make sure your sparkling wine and juice are chilled for a refreshing drink.
- Serve in tall glasses. Ideally, mimosas are served in tall glasses like a champagne flute, which helps keep those bubbles going.
- Pour at an angle. Hold the glass at a slight angle when pouring the wine to maintain the carbonation.
- Don’t stir! The act of pouring will mix your drink just fine.
What to Serve with Mimosas
So, what do you eat with mimosas? Here are our top picks!
- Scrambled Eggs
- Eggs Benedict
- Challah French Toast
- Dessert Waffles
- Croissant Bread Pudding
- Cheese Blintz
- Strawberry Crepes
- Blueberry Scones
- Hash Brown Quiche
- Huevos Rancheros
Pineapple Sunrise Mimosas
- 4 1/2 cups pineapple juice
- 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (pulp strained)
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup pineapple slices
- 1/2 blood orange , sliced
- 1/2 lime , sliced
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of cava or prosecco sparkling wine , chilled
- 1/4 cup Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur) , optional
- In a large pitcher (or punch bowl), stir together the pineapple juice, orange juice, and lime juice. Add fruit slices.
- Cover, and chill for at least 3 hours (or overnight.)
- To serve: In individual glasses or champagne flutes, pour 1/2 cup of the chilled juice mixture, then slightly tilt the glass and slowly add in 1/4 cup chilled prosecco. Then drizzle in 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier (recommended, but optional.)
- Garnish each glass with an orange slice and/or pineapple slice, if desired.