Grand Marnier Mimosas

We hosted our dinner club for a Sunday brunch instead of the usual dinner extravaganza. Of course, we needed a lovely cocktail to go with our coffee and tea, so I made Mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkly champagne and an optional shot of Grand Marnier.

Mimosas | The classic orange juice and champagne cocktail with the optional splash of Grand Marnier

The Classic Brunch Cocktail

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. 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 mimosa with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier, or your favorite orange liqueur. Totally blissful.

Grand Marnier Mimosas | The ultimate Brunch cocktail!!!

Simplicity for the Win!

Just 2 or 3 quality ingredients mix together for a stellar cocktail. How simple is that? Reserve an orange to slice and garnish your glasses. Using the best of the best AND presentation is key! Cheers!

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Serves 1 serving     adjust servings

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

The Classic Mimosa with an optional shot of Grand Marnier


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Add one tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass if desired.


Recipe Notes

Measurements need not be precise but use the above amounts to start and tweak to your liking.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 121kcal Calories from fat 2
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrate 10g3%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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Grand Marnier Mimosas | The ultimate Brunch cocktail!!!


  1. Just lovely, and your suggestion to add Grand Marnier is perfect!

  2. Dear Lizzy, what a marvelous drink for the holidays. A perfect mix. xo, Catherine

  3. The shot of Grand Marnier is genius! I’ll try that out this weekend.

  4. I love it, the official drink for the Holidays!

  5. I don’t really care for orange juice, but Mimosa’s are the exception. They’re great, perfect for brunch and I like yours with the GM! Must try!

  6. While I love Mimosas, I tend to save them for brunch out. Why? Because the rest of the bottle of champagne goes to waste. One ot two Mimosas and hubby and I are done. My tightwaddedness will not let me do them very often. But, I love them. Do you have any suggestions for savying the remainder of the champagne?

    • Hi,Joan,

      Check your liquor store to see if they carry mini bottles of champagne. I know Korbel makes them, and I bet other brands do, too. I hate the waste, as well—I’ve used leftovers in sauces for chicken, etc, but that only uses a small amount.

  7. I wouldn’t refuse a glass!

  8. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I enjoyed a Mimosa on Thanksgiving Liz! Love the idea of adding the Grand Marnier:@)

  9. Hi Liz:)
    Oooooo la la, Mimosas spiked with Grand Marnier, I likey:) Who wants to wait for Brunch. Sure wish I had one in front of me right now!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…oh so pinned!!!

  10. It has been a while since I have had mimosas. Your mimosas look very inviting.

  11. One of my favorite holiday drinks!

  12. What a perfect way to add some cheer to a brunch! Freshly squeezed is definitely the way to go, we’re fortunate to have a green grocer in our hood that squeezes daily, it’s so good!

  13. This is going to make me sound snobby, but the only juice I ever drink is freshly squeezed. I’ll never forget one Florida vacation with amazing oranges and the juice they made!
    These mimosas look so vibrant and perfect!

  14. Of COURSE you needed these for a brunchy Sunday–such a classic! Hope you have an equally mimosa-filled Sunday this weekend, Liz!

  15. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, what a fabulous color your Mimosa has – I have to admit that I never tasted one but it sounds amazing and perfect for any kind of special celebration!

  16. Love love mimosas and this looks amazing. The color is simply stunning. I am catching on your posts and will pin a bunch to make later.

  17. This looks so pretty!

  18. Hotly Spiced says:

    This is such a festive drink, Liz. I love the colour and you have presented it beautifully. Years ago I used to work on a party boat that went around Sydney harbour and as everyone came aboard we would give them a mimosa! Your images have taken me back to a fun job long, long ago! xx

  19. Love Mimosa and yours looks amazing ! So chic!

  20. Hi Liz, these are just awesome! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  21. Our Christmas breakfast wouldn’t be the same without Mimosas. Maybe I’ll have one of the kids squeeze the oranges for me!

  22. Lizzy,
    I just had mimosas yesterday. These look delicious.

  23. Absolutely perfect!! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  24. Hello! I hope you’re having a good week. These are some beautiful mimosas! They looked so tasty that I’ve linked to them my latest post on BuzzFeed. I’m still waiting to see if it will be promoted, so it would be great if you could stop by and upvote it, and also share it on your social media!

    Here’s the link:

    I loved the recipe and I hope share more of your posts in the future. Have great day! 🙂

  25. The perfect way to start the day!


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