A Grapefruit Mimosa is a popular drink that uses grapefruit juice and sparkling wine. Combining the tart, bitter grapefruit, and sweetness from the champagne creates a fantastic taste sensation.
Grapefruit Mimosa is a cocktail made with sparkling wine (champagne) a fresh grapefruit juice in equal parts. It's is a delicious winter cocktail, whether you're brunching or just starting your day off right. While I miss the quiet moments outside, tending outside, it's been nice to work with as many kinds of citrus as I can.
Creating brunch dishes and drinks at home for us has been a focus because it challenges me to use what's in my pantry, and brunch just feels like a moment of celebration. So in the winter, we could use as much of that as possible.
This mimosa with grapefruit juice is easy to make for folks looking to make cocktails at home. This drink combines the sweet and tart taste of champagne with a citrus twist—and is about to become your new favorite weekend beverage.
What is a Mimosa?
Mimosa is a champagne cocktail with about equal parts champagne and fruit juice. The history of the mimosa, like many iconic food and drinks, is long, and the origins are contested. The cocktail is named after the mimosa flower, as the color is similar to the pink plant.
This mimosa with grapefruit mimosa juice gets a much more beautiful, pink hue, don't you think?
The grapefruit mimosa name is different, and called a "megmosa" would be the technical name for this cocktail, but few people know that.
For this brunch cocktail, it's as easy as grabbing two ingredients with some garnish if you're feeling fancy:
Grapefruit Juice: Feel free to use store-bought grapefruit juice, or go for freshly squeezed for that made-from-scratch energy. Make fresh grapefruit juice from about 3-4 large grapefruits. Either way, make sure to pop them in the fridge before you begin.
Champagne OR SPARKLING WINE: if you want a non-alcoholic version use sparkling juice in place of champagne or wine. Instead, use a chilled bottle of dry wine such as Champagne or Prosecco.
Grapefruit Slices: This is for garnish; you can add a huge wedge right on top of a slender slice right on the edge of the glass.
This is a different take on traditional mimosas. It's refreshing, has a nice tang to it, and it's easy to drink. This grapefruit mimosa recipe will be great for brunch or any party. Once your ingredients are prepared or chilled, this cocktail comes together quickly:
1: Fill a glass halfway with grapefruit juice
2: Top with chilled champagne.
3: Garnish with fresh grapefruit and/or thyme.
Enjoy right away. The acidity of this sparkling cocktail wakes up the flavor of grapefruit, and on a morning where you might have time to linger over breakfast, it is also ideal for guests.
- Be sure to use chilled ingredients for a better taste.
- Remove pulp from fresh grapefruit juice before juicing.
CHILL YOUR CHAMPAGNE GLASSES: To chill your glasses quickly, fill them with ice and a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar, then stir gently for about 10 seconds and place them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so they can cool down before serving.
Grab a Bar Spoon: Mix well with a spoon so that you do not stir up the sediment at the bottom of the champagne bottle.
There are many variations of mimosas you can make, whether you are changing up the alcohol, fruits, or spices. Adjust different levers to make your grapefruit mimosa recipes, or use another fruit altogether! This list is a good starting point to try any of these adaptations:
- The original mimosa is made with champagne and orange juice. The addition of sparkling wine to the juice produces a delightful, slightly bubbly cocktail that goes down quickly. You can make this drink with other types of alcohol, substituting an equal amount of your favorite liquor for the champagne.
- To make a traditional mimosa, fill a champagne flute halfway with orange juice and top it off with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit (or another citrus fruit).
- Some people prefer to use club soda instead of champagne as a base for their mimosas. Club soda will not be as bubbly or sweet, but it will still make a delicious drink.
- You can also infuse your orange juice with herbs or spices that complement your choice of champagne or spirit. Try adding some fresh mint leaves to half an ounce of vodka and letting them sit in the fridge overnight before making your mimosa.
- Change up your juices! Use Pineapple juice, called a Soleil, Cranberry juice called a Poinsettia or two of my favorite juices pomegranate juice or guava juice.
- Also, I may try to use my fermented lemon honey as a sweetener!
- For me, the best champagne to grapefruit juice ratio is 1:1.
- Try different proportions to see what you and your guests prefer the best!
- The flute is the most common glass for sparkling wine
- Champagne flutes are wider at the mouth to accommodate bubbles.
- Taller glasses are often used for mimosas, making it easier to mix the two liquids.
- An oversized wine glass is also a good choice, especially if you add fruit to your cocktail.
- Many bartenders use a Champagne coupe since it's wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. The coupe allows for plenty of room to stir in fresh-squeezed citrus juices with your bubbly beverage
- The old-fashioned tumbler holds about twice as much as a wine glass and has an inner "nick" to help hold in the pulp.
In a traditional mimosa, you use white wine and orange juice. But once you're using orange juice, why not use tangy grapefruit juice instead of orange? There are many options to make your own mimosa recipes.
Champagne or sparkling wine is traditional; Prosecco is usually less expensive and has more fruit flavor than champagne. There are also many other choices: Cava, Moscato d'asti, Semillon sparkling wines, and even some lesser-known regional sparkling wines.
If you choose a sweeter sparkler like Moscato d'asti or Semillon, you may wish to cut back on the sugar in your recipe if you are adding simple syrup.
There are 131 calories per serving in this recipe.
A mimosa with grapefruit juice is called a Megmosa. It is a sparkling wine cocktail traditionally served in a champagne flute and served as an alternative to Bloody Marys on Sunday mornings.
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- 2.5 oz of Champagne or sparkling wine of choice
- 2.5 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 slice of grapefruit for garnish
- In a glass pour 2 ½ oz (75 ml) champagne or sparkling white wine halfway up.
- top with 2 ½ oz (75ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
- Stir to combine.
- Garnish with grapefruit slice or garnish of choice
Some variations include adding sparkling water or fruit juices to the recipe instead of champagne, orange juice, or sugar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g