For those times you need a simple yet elegant cocktail, look no further than this pineapple mimosa. Rather than traditional orange juice, we use pineapple juice for a lighter-tasting brunch cocktail. Orange juice may be the classic option, but don't be surprised if you find yourself opting for pineapple juice in your mimosas from now on.
Fact: I'm a mimosa expert. After all the years of brunches, holidays and tailgating, I've had my share of mimosas in so many varieties. Mango, cranberry, guava, strawberry, grapefruit --- you name it. I love them all, but nothing makes me happier than a pineapple mimosa, especially when compared to your standard orange mimosa. With orange juice, I find that the texture is a bit heavier than pineapple juice, so it tends to mask the effervescent bubbles and flavor of the Champagne.
And let's be real. Champagne is the star player in mimosas. The juice is just there to add a touch of sweetness, so we don't want to detract from our bubbly. Pineapple juice is the perfect complement.
Of course, that's not to say I dislike orange mimosas. If you were to hand me an orange mimosa at this very moment, I'd gladly take it off your hands and probably ask for another. But when given the choice, I prefer a pineapple mimosa every time.
This section will be short and sweet because making a pineapple mimosa is incredibly quick and simple. But, hey, that means it takes less time to get a cocktail in our hands, so I'm OK with it.
We start by adding a splash of pineapple juice to our wine glass, and I stress that this is just a splash. Some mimosa recipes are more of a 50-50 ratio, but that's too much juice for my liking. As we discussed above, we don't want to cover up that delicious Champagne, and too much juice will do just that.
For the wine glasses, we can use either Champagne flutes or white wine glasses. To me, this comes down to how many mimosas you plan on enjoying. If it's just a mimosa or two, a Champagne glass works, but for those bottomless mimosa days, I recommend going with a white wine glass for a larger pour.
Now we fill the rest of our glass with Champagne. No need to stir here. Simply raise a glass, clink and sip away. Serve with some buttermilk waffles or blueberry pancakes and you're in for a delightful brunch.
Are Mimosas Just for Brunch?
Heck no! Sure, mimosas are a brunch delight, but mimosas are good day or night. I know plenty of people only drink mimosas with brunch, but if I'm honest, I question their judgment.
Why wouldn't you drink mimosas at all hours of the day? Sangria is a combination of wine, juice and liqueur, and we have no problem drinking sangria during the evening hours. I don't see how that's different from drinking Champagne with little juice. Let's start a movement and bring mimosas into the evening.
Can I Make Nonalcoholic Option?
No problem. If you need a nonalcoholic mimosa option, I recommend replacing the Champagne with sparkling water. You could use plain sparkling water or even a pineapple-flavored sparkling option to play up the fruit flavor. Ginger ale is also a tasty option if you like a little spice kick to your drink.
OK, this pineapple mimosa isn't just for brunch, but that doesn't mean it's not delicious with a good egg dish. Try this pineapple mimosa with my favorite bacon, Gruyere and spinach strata.
For an option outside of typical brunch hours, I love this pineapple mimosa with my tropical pico de gallo, made with fresh papaya, mango, toasted coconut and ginger. With all those tropical fruits, this pineapple mimosa is a natural match.
When you find yourself craving a mimosa --- whether it be day or night --- I hope you change it up and try this pineapple version.
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- Champagne flute
- 1 ounce pineapple juice chilled
- 4 ounces Champagne chilled
- Pineapple slices optional, for garnish
- Pour the pineapple juice into a Champagne flute.
- Top with Champagne and garnish with a pineapple slice if desired. Enjoy!
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.