Do you want to be the life of the party? You're in luck! Orange Sherbet Mimosa is the perfect mix of bubbly and sweet and will be the talk of your next event because it looks so festive and is delicious.
The best part is that they only take two ingredients and less than 5 minutes to make. Just fill your glass with champagne, top it off with a scoop of orange sherbet and garnish with an orange wedge and fresh mint leaves for a festive touch!
Bubbly cocktails are great for any special occasion, whether it's Mother's Day or Christmas brunch or for New Year's toast.
They're especially delicious combined with a creamy frozen treat, like this Strawberry Gelato Affogato. You can even serve them at your next dinner party!
📃 Why it Works
- The sherbet mimosa cocktail is an easy-to-make drink that will keep you cool during the hot summer.
- Refreshing and delicious, it's one of the best cocktails for a party any time of the year.
- This recipe has only two ingredients!
Liven up your weekend with a citrusy cocktail that’s perfect for entertaining.
With this simple recipe, you can mix your favorite ingredients and create something extraordinary for adults and kids alike!
The beloved cocktail (named after the yellow-flowered mimosa plant), a simple mix of champagne and orange juice or peach juice, was invented by two people:
- Allegedly, a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris created it back in 1925.
- Another person claims that director Alfred Hitchcock was responsible for inventing this drink when he lived in San Francisco during the 1940s.
🛒 Ingredients and Notes
- Your favorite champagne - Which is the best champagne for mimosa is up to you and your budget. You don't need the most expensive champagne. You can also use dry sparkling wine, like Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco. Sparkling Moscato is also a great choice. Note: for a alcohol-free version see the FAQs section below.
- Orange sherbet - The classic mimosa cocktail calls for equal parts of champagne and orange juice (best if OJ is freshly sqeezed), but with sherbet, you get the flavor and the fancy look all in one.
Sherbet or Sorbet?
There is a difference between these two frozen treats. Sherbets are generally made with fruit juice, milk, or cream, whereas sorbets use no dairy but fruit and sugar as the base.
- Sherbet (not sherbert) is less creamy than ice cream and distinctly different in flavor, mouthfeel, and texture.
- Sorbet, also known as Italian ice or water ice, is often used as a palate cleanser between courses because it’s refreshing and light. Sorbets contain little to no fat and are gluten-and dairy-free!
- Using a melon baller or a small ice cream scooper, place a scoop or two of orange sherbet into a glass.
- Pour champagne on top and fill the glass. Alternatively, fill two-thirds of a champagne flute with sparkling wine and then top with a scoop of sherbet.
- You can also use any flavored fruit ice to give your drink a new taste sensation! Any of these is a good choice:
- raspberry (my favorite)
- blood orange
- rainbow punch
3. Use ice cream for a creamy dessert cocktail!
4. For more flavor, add a splash of orange vodka or orange liqueur.
Treat yourself to a citrusy cocktail that’ll make your weekend mornings feel like a celebration!
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! For a non-alcoholic or mocktail mimosa (also called virgin mimosa), replace champagne with alcohol-free sparkling wine (champagnette). You can also use Sprite, 7UP, Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew, Canada Dry, and sodas alike.
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- Milk Tart Cocktail
- Grapefruit Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
- Watermelon Sangria
- Florida Citrus Drop Shot
- Fruit Moscow Mule
- Peach Sangria Bellini
I’m so looking forward to New Year’s Eve to raise my mimosa glass at midnight!
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Easy Orange Sherbet Mimosa Recipe
- Champagne flutes
- Ice cream scooper or melon baller
- 1 bottle champagne
- 1 pint Orange sherbet
- Use ice cream instead of sherbet for a creamy dessert cocktail!
- For more flavor, add a splash of orange vodka or orange liqueur.
- Try different fruit-flavored sherbet to give your drink a new taste sensation.
- For kid-friendly, virgin mimosa, substitute champagne with sparkling juice, tonic water, or club soda, such as Sprite, Ginger Ale, Schweppes, or 7UP.
Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in December 2015 and updated in September 2021 with new photos and recipe tips.