Apple Cider Mimosa

It’s important to have certain items in your home for emergencies, like a fire extinguisher and extra toilet paper. Another essential is bubbly champagne. An apple cider mimosa cocktail is the perfect drink to have on hand for the holidays. This cider mimosa mixes apple cider with champagne for a nuanced, nostalgic flavor. I like how the champagne cuts the cider’s sweetness.

Adding a cinnamon sugar rim gives it a festive feel. This cocktail strikes the right balance and is both delicious and easy to make. At just two servings, it’s a great option for small gatherings around the fire compared to punches or wines meant for large groups. The recipe is easily scaled up if more people stop by. So break out the champagne, grab some flutes, and let’s enjoy these festive apple cider mimosas!

How To Make An Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe?

How To Make An Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe?

Here are an easy way to make an Apple Cider Mimosa recipe:

The Ingredients

Apple cider: It mixes well with alcoholic drinks, particularly champagne, brandy, and bourbon. Its distinctive flavor profiles it for simple, festive fall cocktails like this Apple Cider Mimosa. Combining hard cider with champagne creates an easy yet tasty beverage. You could also make your own cider using any homemade recipe.

Champagne: The champagne for this mimosa is flexible – opt for something dry marked “Brut” which is drier than “dry” or “extra dry.” Pick a bottle you enjoy but save premium choices for solo sipping. Prosecco or cava could substitute nicely too, matching the bubbly profile sought for this cocktail.

Brandy: Beyond apple cider and champagne, a splash of brandy further rounds out the profile. The brandy balances the light, juicy qualities of the cider. It provides just enough weight so this beverage works equally well as a midday spritzer or evening cocktail. The brandy blending takes this drink from day into night seamlessly.

Liquor alternatives: Either rum or brandy can be substituted, as both yielded delicious mimosas. Use what you prefer or already have. For cinnamon notes, try Fireball whiskey instead, though untested. Its spice may pair nicely. 

Ingredients With Measurements

Brandy or dark rum2 ounces
Apple cider4 ounces
Chilled champagne/Prosecco/sparkling wine8 ounces
Optional: Apple slicesFor garnish
Rim the Glasses:
Granulated sugar2 tablespoons
Ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon
Pumpkin pie spice (optional)If available
Additional apple ciderAs needed

Crafting The Apple Cider Mimosa 

  • Coat glass rims with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Add brandy, apple cider, and champagne in layers to each glass. Garnish and enjoy.
Recipe Note:To make a non-alcoholic version, leave out the brandy and substitute non-alcoholic sparkling wine in place of the champagne.

Time For Preparation The Apple Cider Mimosa

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings2 drinks

How To Serve Apple Cider Mimosas?

How To Serve Apple Cider Mimosas?

These mimosas are delightful as is, but garnishes and flavored rims can elevate them to new heights. Some suggestions:

  • Apple slices make for a tasty garnish that complements the cider flavor.
  • Rim glasses with cinnamon sugar for a festive, fall-inspired presentation.
  • Substitute caramel vodka for brandy to create a decadent dessert drink. Drizzle caramel inside glasses too.
  • Add cinnamon sticks to each glass for an aromatic, flavorful garnish option.
Preservation Tips:Enjoyment is highest when mixed and consumed the same day as the champagne remains effervescent. However, you can refrigerate the premixed cider and brandy base in advance for later assembly and service in bubbly form. 

Recommended Tools to Make Apple Cider Cocktails

  • Jigger – Ensures accurate liquor amounts each time.
  • Champagne Flutes – Sleek glasses that showcase the fizzy drink. Dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
  • Apple Corer – Quickly removes apple cores when using slices as a garnish.

Nutrition In Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe

Calories172 kcal
Carbohydrates14 g
Protein1 g
Fat1 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Potassium157 mg
Fiber1 g
Sugar13 g
Vitamin C1 mg
Calcium10 mg
Iron1 mg

What To Serve With Apple Cider Mimosas?

What To Serve With Apple Cider Mimosas?

These apple cider mimosas go well with small appetizers. Some options are brie bites baked in a muffin tin with fresh herbs. There are also mini sandwiches with fig and goat cheese wrapped in bacon. Pinwheels made from puff pastry with ham and cheese inside are another light snack that pairs nicely. They are easy to grab and enjoy with the mimosas.


What goes with apple cider alcohol?

Apple cider mixes well with various alcohols. Dark liquors such as bourbon or dark rum traditionally pairs well. However, vodka is also a light option that blends nicely. You can also allow guests to choose their preferred spirit.

Does champagne and apple cider go together?

While apple cider and champagne are a tasty combination on their own, adding a small amount of bourbon or whiskey elevates these Apple Cider Mimosas to another level. The splash of dark liquor enhances the flavors and imbues the drink with an even cozier feeling that’s perfect for cool weather entertaining.

Can you use prosecco instead of Champagne?

While prosecco and champagne can both be used in mimosas, prosecco will typically provide better value. A high-quality prosecco can often be found for around $20, whereas a notable Champagne brand may cost over $50 according to Malik. This makes prosecco a more affordable bubbly option for mimosa making if you’re looking to save some money.

Why is my apple cider so fizzy?

Refrigerated sweet cider will maintain its fresh taste for approximately two weeks. Following this period, fermentation will set in, causing the cider to become carbonated as the process transforms it into an alcoholic beverage.

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