Nothing says 'autumn' quite like our Apple Cider Mimosa. The crisp, apple-infused drink, paired with the bubbles of champagne, serves as the perfect tribute to the season of falling leaves and cozy nights.
The Apple Cider Mimosa is a delightful twist on a classic brunch cocktail. The blend of refreshing champagne with the sweet, autumnal notes of apple cider creates a drink that is perfect for fall gatherings, Thanksgiving, or even Halloween parties.
With its origins rooted in the classic Mimosa, this apple cider version brings a seasonal touch that any cocktail enthusiast will appreciate.
To make it simple we are swapping out the orange juice for sparkling apple cider. Although you could use fresh apple cider as well. I love the idea of using apple cider made from a local apple orchard.
Its simplicity and affordability make it an excellent choice for hosting, leaving your guests impressed without breaking the bank.
Nothing says fall cocktails like cocktails made with apple cider.
And if you are if you are looking for more mimosa recipes, we've got this delicious frozen mimosa you'll like as well.
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Why You'll Love This Drink
- This Apple Cider Mimosa recipe perfectly captures the essence of fall with its apple and champagne blend.
- It's easy and quick to make - perfect for last-minute gatherings.
- The optional garnishes add a festive and personalized touch, making each drink feel special.
- Its versatility allows it to fit perfectly at brunch, dinner, or simply for a fun night at home.
- With its affordability, this cocktail provides an elegant experience without a high-end price tag.
Champagne: Selecting the right champagne or sparkling wine is key to creating a balanced Apple Cider Mimosa.
Generally, a brut champagne or sparkling wine is ideal as its dryness offsets the sweet apple cider, ensuring a delightful flavor.
Consider choosing an affordable yet high-quality Prosecco from Italy or a Spanish Cava.
If you're in a festive mood, splurge on a traditional French Champagne for added luxury.
No matter the brand or origin, look for a bubbly with good acidity to pair well with the cider and keep the cocktail refreshing and exciting.
Sparkling Apple Cider: Brings the sweet apple flavor that characterizes this cocktail. Its bubbles complement the champagne for a fizzy delight.
Cinnamon Sticks, Apple Slices, and Rosemary Sprigs (Optional): These garnishes offer a festive flair, contributing hints of earthy sweetness, fruitiness, and herbal notes to the cocktail.
See recipe card for quantities.
Make sure to start with chilled champagne and sparkling apple cider.
Pour the champagne into your favorite champagne glass.
Next, add the sparkling apple cider.
Your cocktail will naturally mix together, saving you the step of stirring.
Finally, garnish with a sprig of rosemary, a cinnamon stick, or an apple slice for a festive touch.
Now, it's time to sit back, sip, and enjoy!
To make your drink feel especially festive, be sure to have fun with some fun fall garnish ideas like:
Cinnamon Sticks: Enhances the fall vibes with a touch of warming spice.
Apple Slices: Adds a pop of color and a crunchy, refreshing bite. You can use thin apple slices or chunkier ones.
Rosemary Sprigs: Provides an earthy, aromatic touch.
Orange Slices: Introduce a hint of citrus brightness.
Star Anise: Brings a visually appealing, star-like garnish and a subtle licorice flavor.
Caramel Sauce Rim: Sweet and sticky, this enhances the apple flavor.
Edible Gold Glitter: For a truly luxurious touch, perfect for celebrations.
Cinnamon Sugar Rim: Mix ground sugar and cinnamon together for a flavored sugar rim that compliments the apple cider perfectly.
Always chill your champagne and apple cider before serving for the best taste.
Pour the champagne first, then the cider for natural self-stirring.
Do not prepare these drinks too much in advance to avoid them going flat.
Adjust the proportions of champagne and cider to suit your personal preference.
Using a champagne flute will enhance the visual appeal and the bubbly effect.
- Prosecco or Cava: Can replace champagne for a different taste or to suit different budgets.
- Regular Apple Cider: Can be used in place of sparkling cider, though it will result in a darker, less fizzy cocktail.
- Add a Dash of Bourbon: For a stronger, whiskey-kissed variation.
- Cranberry Mimosa: Replace apple cider with cranberry juice for a tart twist.
- Spiced Cider Mimosa: Add a splash of spiced rum for a warming fall cocktail.
- 4 Ounces Champagne
- 2 Ounces Sparkling Apple Cider
- Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
- Apple Slice (for garnish)
- Spring of Rosemary (for garnish)
- Start by pouring champagne into flute glass.
- Top off with sparkling cider.
- Garnish and serve.
You can substitute sparkling apple cider for regular apple cider. It's just as delicious, just a little less bubbly.
When to make these
- For a fall-themed brunch
- At Thanksgiving dinner
- During Halloween parties
- As a unique Christmas cocktail
- For a relaxed weekend at home in autumn
- As an after-dinner drink when entertaining guests
- When craving a fizzy, fruity delight!