Apple Cider Mimosa

Mimosas are always a brunch time favorite. An apple cider mimosa is a fun fall twist on the classic! They’re light, bubbly, and a festive way to celebrate any occasion when the leaves start to turn.

close up of an apple cider mimosa with a cinnamon-sugar rim. The champagne flute is surrounded by apples, fall leaves, and a golden linen.

Apple cider mimosas are great for an autumn boozy brunch with your girlfriends, a great addition to a fall bridal shower mimosa bar, or to celebrate occasions of any kind. 

If you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving cocktail, this apple cider mimosa (alongside this cranberry mimosa) would be a fantastic option! I mean, a Thanksgiving mimosa has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? You can even have a special option for the kids by including this easy and delicious Spiced Apple Cider Mocktail on the party the menu.

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Why You’ll Love This Fall Mimosa

Level of difficulty: Easy. 

Flavor: Apple cider with a bubbly pop of champagne. If you add a cinnamon-sugar rim, each sip will also get a nice hint of fall spices.

Time: It will take you less than 5 minutes to prepare this apple cider mimosa recipe.

Ingredients Needed

ingredients needed to make an apple cider mimosa. the bottle of champagne and container of apple cider is surrounded by apples, fall leaves, a gold linen, and champagne flutes.
  • Apple cider
  • Champagne (or sparkling wine)
  • Optional: ground cinnamon and granulated sugar for a cinnamon-sugar rim, and/or fresh apple slices for garnish

TIP: Start with chilled ingredients. Since no ice is used in the making of a mimosa, you want to make sure the ingredients you plan to use are cold prior to mixing up your drink.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • Try pumpkin pie spice for the rim. Have pumpkin pie spice on hand? Replace the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice for a spiced-sugar rim.
  • Make it into a caramel apple mimosa by using caramel sauce + the cinnamon-sugar mixture to rim your glasses.

Apple Cider Vs. Apple Juice

Apple cider is usually a fresh-pressed juice that is often unfiltered and unpasteurized. Fresh apple cider is seasonal, made during apple season which generally runs from late summer through early fall.

Apple juice is processed to have a longer shelf life. It is usually filtered and pasteurized with a sweeter and smoother taste. 

What is the Best Champagne for Mimosas?

While some will say using a true French champagne is a must for a mimosa, it’s an expensive option. Sparkling wines are an excellent, and more cost effective, alternative. Prosecco, Cava, or Brut are popular choices for making mimosas. 

What is the Best Mimosa Ratio?

The perfect mimosa ratio is based on personal preference. If you’re new to mimosas, start with a 50/50 ratio and adjust from there. I prefer ⅓ juice to ⅔ champagne. My best friend does 99% champagne and 1% juice (you know, to give her drink a little color). 

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. If adding a cinnamon-sugar rim to your champagne flutes, start by mixing the ground cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Fill another small bowl with water and dip the champagne flute in the water and then immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mix.
  2. Fill champagne flute ⅓ full with apple cider
  3. Top with champagne (or sparkling wine)
  4. Garnish with a fresh apple slice if desired
  5. Cheers!
two apple cider mimosas with cinnamon-sugar rims sitting on a wooden board surrounded by apples, fall leaves, a golden linen, and a bottle of champagne in the background.

Expert Tips

Start with chilled ingredients. Since no ice is used in the making of a mimosa, you want to make sure the ingredients you plan to use are cold. 

Don’t stir your mimosa. The act of pouring your juice and champagne together will mix your drink perfectly. Stirring will make your champagne lose its fizziness faster.

Mini bottles of champagne are perfect if you’re making mimosas for one. I’m a huge fan of mini bottles of champagne because they give you more flexibility! Does only one person at your brunch want a mimosa? No problem! No need to open an entire bottle of champagne. 

Want to make a virgin mimosa? You can! For those who are abstaining from alcohol, replacing the champagne with sparkling grape juice or a sparkling non-alcoholic wine. Making virgin mimosas is a great way to include the kiddos or someone who is pregnant in the festivities! 

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close up of an apple cider mimosa with a cinnamon-sugar rim. The champagne flute is surrounded by apples, fall leaves, and a golden linen.

Apple Cider Mimosa

Meredith
An apple cider mimosa is a fun fall twist on the classic! They’re light, bubbly, and a festive way to celebrate any occasion when the leaves start to turn.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 82 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Apple Cider
  • Champagne (or Sparkling Wine)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon granulated sugar + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (if making a cinnamon-sugar rim)

Instructions
 

  • If adding a cinnamon-sugar rim to your champagne flutes, start by mixing the ground cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Fill another small bowl with water and dip the champagne flute in the water and then immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mix.
  • Fill champagne flute ⅓ full with apple cider
  • Top with champagne (or sparkling wine)
  • Garnish with a fresh apple slice if desired and enjoy

Notes

*Champagne / Sparkling Wine Options: While some will say using a true French champagne is a must for a mimosa, it’s an expensive option. Sparkling wines are an excellent, and more cost effective, alternative. Prosecco, Cava, or Brut are popular choices for making mimosas.
*What’s the best mimosa ratio? The perfect mimosa ratio is based on personal preference. If you’re new to mimosas, start with a 50/50 ratio and adjust from there. I prefer ⅓ juice to ⅔ champagne. My best friend does 99% champagne and 1% juice (you know, to give her drink a little color).
*Note: the nutrition facts for this recipe were calculated with 2oz of apple cider and 4oz champagne. The nutrition for your cocktail will change based on your ideal ratio of apple cider to champagne used.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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  1. David says

    5 stars
    This is something I didn’t know I needed in my life until I saw this. Just wow.

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Cheers to this my friend! Enjoy!