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Brunch has never tasted so refreshing
Sparkling wine. Grand Marnier. Frozen orange juice. Let’s do this!
Who doesn’t love a mimosa at brunch? The classic mix of orange juice and sparkling wine in a champagne flute has a sweet taste and a fancy feel. While you can’t go wrong with a traditional mimosa, I highly recommend playing with the recipe and giving it a much-needed boost!
That’s why I’ve created these light, refreshing, and sweet Frozen Grand Mimosas. A well-balanced mix of sparkling wine, frozen orange juice, orange liqueur, and ice gives this frozen cocktail a subtle effervescence that still pairs well with a savory quiche or a strawberry fruit salad at brunch.
The reinvigorating texture of this smooth and icey grand mimosa is a welcome pick-me-up in the summer heat. Easily double the recipe or make the batch ahead of time so your guests can feel cool and refreshed the moment the cocktail is in their hands.
What is a grand mimosa?
We’ve all heard of a classic mimosa made from champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Served in a champagne flute, this elegant cocktail goes great with brunch or when you’re lounging by the pool.
A grand mimosa takes the classic recipe up a notch with the addition of Grand Marnier. This orange liqueur will give your frozen mimosa a deeper flavor with notes of vanilla and a boost of orange goodness.
Do I have to use Grand Marnier to make a frozen grand mimosa?
Nope! Grand Marnier is a fancy addition that will spruce up your cocktail but it isn’t your only option. Instead, you can use another brand of orange liqueur.
Grand mimosa ingredients
A 4-ingredient cocktail? Sign me up! Blend up your frozen mimosas using these key ingredients:
Use a sparkling wine that does not taste overly sweet. Brut, brut nature, or extra brut all contain less sugar than other varieties, meaning your mimosa will be nicely balanced when blended with the already sweet orange juice and liqueur.
The intricate flavors of sparkling wine will be lost once it’s blended, so no need to be fancy! I like to use prosecco, cava, or any other sparkling wine for around $10 to $12.
Pulp-free orange juice is my go-to since that is what I like to drink at home. Simply Orange is a great choice but you could go all out and squeeze the juice yourself when juicing oranges, like Navel, Clementine, or Blood oranges, are in season!
Grand Marnier or orange liqueur
A hint of orange liqueur doubles down on the orange flavors and gives this blended mimosa extra sweetness. If you can’t find Grand Marnier, use another brand of orange liqueur like Cointreau or Solerno.
Freshly made ice is best! Forget about the stuff at the back of your freezer. The newer the ice, the fresher your cocktail will taste.
How to make frozen grand mimosas
This frozen cocktail is made in a high-powered blender, I love my Vitamix, to easily crush the ice and incorporate all of the flavors. Here’s how it’s done, step by step:
Step 1: Pour the orange juice into an ice cube tray.
Step 2: Freeze the juice cubes overnight.
Step 3: Add all of the ingredients into a blender.
Step 4: Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Helpful recipe tips
Follow these helpful tips when you’re making a batch of this frozen mimosa recipe:
Save some sparkling wine
The recipe calls for half a bottle of sparkling wine. This way, you can save the other half and use it for regular grand mimosas or other classic brunch cocktails, like my Pear and Gin Prosecco Cocktail or a French 77.
Make this recipe in two batches if you want to use up the entire bottle. Most blenders won’t fit a double recipe.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes, a batch of frozen grand mimosas can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer!
The alcohol will prevent it from freezing solid and have a more granita-like texture but it will still taste delicious. Just pour the fully made drink into a freezer-safe container and freeze until ready to use.
When ready to serve, give the frozen goodness a thorough stir and serve up!
Set a reminder so you’ll know to prepare the frozen orange juice cubes ahead of time. Pour the juice in the ice cube tray every Friday or Saturday night, then freeze so you can have a fresh batch of frozen mimosas the next morning!
Being prepared is so much better than being stuck in the kitchen blending drinks for your party guests.
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Frozen Grand Mimosas
- 1 ½ cups orange juice
- 12 ounces sparkling wine, chilled about ½ a 750 ml bottle
- 4 ounces orange liqueur
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Freeze the orange juice in an ice cube tray overnnight.
- Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Transfer into four chilled glasses and enjoy!