Mimosas make the perfect brunch cocktail! With freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkly champagne and an optional shot of Grand Marnier, this Grand Marnier Mimosas recipe was the perfect choice when we hosted our dinner club for a Sunday brunch.
Grand Marnier Mimosas – A Classic Brunch Cocktail with a Twist
The mixture of orange juice and champagne has been served for celebratory breakfasts and brunches for eons. Though you don’t need top of the line champagne, you do need a terrific orange juice to make the best version of this brunch cocktail. Have you ever made freshly squeezed orange juice? Once you do, you’ll know what you’ve been missing.
It is a bit of work unless you own a juicer, but it’s worth it for special occasions. If you can find a bag or two of Valencia oranges, nab them up and reserve them for juicing. And if you don’t have to drive anywhere, you want to spike your mimosas with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier, or your favorite orange liqueur. Totally blissful.
You need just 2 or 3 quality ingredients mixed together for a stellar cocktail recipe: orange juice, champagne or sparking wine and Grand Marnier. How simple is that? Reserve an orange to slice and garnish your glasses. Using the best of the best AND presentation is key! Cheers!
Tips for Planning the Perfect Brunch
Adding a signature cocktail is fun for a special occasion, holiday brunches included! These Grand Marnier Mimosas are perfect as you’ll typically have orange juice on hand.
- Set your menu with an entree, sides, drinks and something sweet, if desired.
- Think of your guests and their preferences. Someone gluten free? Vegetarian? Children with picky palates?
- Vary your menu with the season. For Mother’s Day or Easter, berry and lemon dishes are perfect. For a fall event, think apples and pumpkin.
- Set up a beverage bar with juices, milk, coffee, tea along with cream, sweeteners, stir sticks, etc.
- Since “brunch” is a combination of lunch and breakfast, almost all dishes are acceptable. Think of what you can load your plate with at a restaurant’s brunch selections. Even a spiral ham works with little buns and condiments!
- Casseroles will feed a crowd. I love a French Toast Casserole, Breakfast Strata, or how about the every popular Funeral Potatoes?
- Too many options to decide what to include? Set a theme! Tex-Mex/fiesta, French with croissants, tarts and bubbly, or even a color, like pink or green!
- Make sure to have some healthy fare like a big fruit salad. If you want to go the extra mile, let folks make parfaits with fruit, vanilla yogurt and granola!!
More Mimosas and Other Brunch Cocktail Recipes You’ll Love:
- Peach Bellini
- Mimosa Margaritas from Wine and Glue
- Strawberry Bellinis
- Pineapple Peach Mimosa from Big Bear’s Wife
- How to Set Up an Easy DIY Mimosa Bar from Garnish with Lemon
A Couple of Things You May Need to Make Mimosas:
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, I recommend Valencia oranges
- 4 ounces champagne, chilled, does not need to be a high-end brand
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier, optional
- Fill glass ¼-1/3 of the way with freshly squeezed orange juice. Add champagne almost to the top of the glass, leaving room for the optional Grand Marnier.
- Add one tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass if desired.
Measurements need not be precise but use the above amounts to start and tweak to your liking.