Everyone knows how to make a classic mimosa, so today I’m teaching you how to make my special sunrise strawberry mimosa recipe! Made with strawberry puree, champagne, and fresh squeezed orange juice, these are perfect for brunch! Garnish with mint sprigs, strawberries, and orange slices for an extra pretty presentation!
Spring is in the air, my friends! I can’t believe Easter is this weekend… and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both right around the corner! And all of these fabulous holidays mean one thing: it’s brunch season!
When it comes to brunch cocktails, I’m 100% TEAM MIMOSA! So crisp, light, and refreshing! They’re perfect as is! But I wanted to create an elevated mimosa recipe that’s extra special and perfect for your at-home celebrations! And this strawberry sunrise mimosa is just that! Bubbly, strawberries, and orange juice… plus a little orange liqueur? YES, PLEASE!
Let’s Make Strawberry Syrup
You’ll need strawberries (I prefer fresh, but frozen strawberries will work in a pinch!), the peel of an orange, a sprig of mint, sugar, and water. You’ll essentially make a simple syrup with these ingredients, then you’ll cool and strain through a fine-mesh strainer. You could also blend in a blender and food processor and strain, for a more intense strawberry syrup. But I prefer the strainer method, which gives us our nice “sunrise” color.
Choosing your Champagne
When it comes to mimosas, there’s no reason to be fancy! Unless of course, you want to be. And if that’s the case I say go for it! But there’s nothing wrong with buying a dry sparkling wine, Prosecco, or affordable brut champagne. If you’re not familiar with champagne and sparkling wine, I suggest chatting up the guy or gal at your local wine shop and asking them for something dry and not too sweet.
Garnish your Heart Out
Ok, so let’s talk garnish! Do you need it? No. Should you add it… YES!!! Fresh mint sprigs, some tiny fresh strawberries (large ones can tip the champagne flute over), and a slice of orange take this drink from great to HELLO GORGEOUS! And these simple additions are sure to make your guests swoon! Even if you can’t find all three garnish ideas, I highly suggest you use at least one to add little visual interest to your finished drink.
P.S. If you’re a hardcore mimosa lover like me, be sure to make my mimosa cupcakes!
More Cocktail Recipes:
- How to make a Salty Dog (Another brunch favorite!)
- The Best 5-Minute Margarita
- Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas for a Crowd
- How to Make a Moscow Mule
- Homemade Chocolate Martinis
Sunrise Strawberry Mimosa Recipe
- 2 cups fresh strawberries quartered, plus more, for garnish
- 2 1-inch pieces orange peel
- 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (57 ml) water
- 2 sprigs fresh mint plus more, for garnish
- 1/3 cup (76 ml) Grand Marnier liqueur
- 1 cup (227 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 bottle prosecco or champagne
- orange slices for garnish
- To make the strawberry simple syrup: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries, orange peel, sugar, water, and mint. Bring to a rolling simmer, then reduce to the heat medium-low and continue simmering, gently mashing up the strawberries with a wooden spoon, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in the sprigs of mint, and set aside and cool for 30 minutes. Once cool, discard the mint and orange peel, and strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge until chilled, or up to 1 week. Stir well before using.
- To make the mimosas: Stir the grand Marnier into the chilled simple syrup, mixing well to combine. Fill a champagne flute with 2 Tablespoons of the simple syrup mixture, 3 Tablespoons of the orange juice, and then fill almost all the way to the top with prosecco or champagne.
- Place a small strawberry and slice of orange on the rim of each glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Repeat with all glasses. (Makes about 6 mimosas).