A Mimosa for the Holiday Season

Find out how to turn your classic mimosa into a Christmas special by adding some extra flavor and color.

Find out how to turn your classic mimosa into a Christmas special by adding some extra flavor and color.
A mimosa is a pretty standard brunch drink. So standard that I find it boring. I rarely order one in a restaurant and can’t remember the last time that I made that plain orange juice and bubbly drink for myself.

But, if I spend a minute thinking of a new twist for the mimosa, then I’m all over it. This one came to me when I was trying to come up with something festive to make for Christmas morning. It’s your basic orange juice and sparkling wine but it also has a bit of grenadine to give it that gorgeous holiday color. There’s lemon juice in there too. It adds a nice flavor but mostly it counters the extreme sweetness of the grenadine.

There you have it, a perfect holiday-time mimosa that is most definitely not boring.

Festive Mimosa

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • ⅓ cup dry sparkling wine
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (or store-bought "Not From Concentrate" OJ, best to get the kind without pulp)
  • 1 Tbsp of grenadine
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Pour the sparkling wine into a port glass or a small wine glass. Add the orange juice and then the grenadine and the lemon. The grenadine settles on the bottom of the drink making for a nice striping-sunset effect. Serve it with a stir stick so that people will know to stir the red sweetness up from the bottom to balance out the lemon.
This post originally appeared in December, 2015 and was revised and republished in December 2016.

Christine Pittman

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