Serving Mimosas is one of our favorites, but building a Mimosa Bar takes it to an entirely new level. It’s fun to plan, easy to do and your guest will rave. Here’s a step-by-step for your next celebration, get together, brunch, bridal or baby shower.
A complete guide to building your own
Mimosa Bars are a great way to host friends because the whole bar is made ahead of time. You can let your guests make their own mimosas by choosing their favorite flavors. It’s the perfect way to spend a weekend morning!
What you need to build a Mimosa Bar:
- A variety of cold fruit juices/purees – 4 flavors is ideal
- Champagne on ice
- Champagne glasses
- A fun sign
- Labels for the juice bottles
We set our bar up with: Pomegranate, Strawberry, Blackberry and Orange juices, plus garnishes
How to set up a Mimosa Bar
The beauty of a mimosa bar is that guests serve themselves, so be sure to set it up in an area where there is room to move around. It’s best to keep the brunch food in another area.
- Use a table, or counter, for all of the glasses, juices, and garnishes
- The Champagne should be cold, so set up a wine bucket, or ideally a bigger container that can hold a few bottles. The fizzy needs to be chilled!
- Use tall Champagne flutes because they will show off the beautiful colors of the mimosas. So, pull out your prettiest flutes, and don’t worry if they don’t all match.
- Label your juice carafes so your friends know what type of juice is in each one. We labeled our carafes with chalkboard labels and tied the label on with raffia to keep it simple.
- Set out small bowls of garnishes that compliment your juices
- We made a fun sign to make the party complete!
Mimosa Bar Juice Ideas:
We suggest having 4 different flavors of juice and purees for your bar. Use fresh juice or make your own purees. Here are our favorites:
- Orange Juice – this is the traditional juice for mimosas
- Strawberry Puree
- Pomegranate Juice
- Blackberry Puree
You might also want to consider these juices and purees:
How to make juice purees:
Making your own fruit purees is easy and makes the best tasting mimosas!
- Blend 2 cups of fresh fruit in a blender
- Add 1 cup of simple syrup and blend again (see instructions below)
- Taste for sweetness and add more simple syrup if needed
- Strain to remove any seeds
- Chill before serving
- Put each juice into its own labeled carafe
- This makes about 22-24 ounces of fresh juice or puree
Simple syrup can be made quickly by combining 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine, until all the sugar is dissolved.
To see more about making simple syrup check out detailed directions on our Cucumber Mint Vodka recipe story.
Pomegranate, orange, blackberry and strawberry Mimosas
How to make Mimosas:
Making mimosas is super simple! This ratio will give you the information you need to start planning for your party.
- Combine 1 part juice/puree and 2 parts Champagne to a flute then add garnish.
How much Champagne do you need for a Mimosa bar?
Each 750 ml bottle of Champagne contains 25 ounces of bubbly, which will give you 6 glasses with 4 ounces of Champagne in each. Of course, the amount you need depends on your friends!
Here’s an easy to use guide:
Garnishes add to the fun so be sure to put out some gorgeous berries and other things to top your bubbly!
- Choose berries that match your juices. We like strawberries, blackberries, and orange slices
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh herb sprigs, such as rosemary, mint or lavender
What is the best Champagne to use?
Our favorite choice for a great Mimosa is Brut Champagne or Sparkling wine. You can purchase a medium priced wine for Mimosas.
Champagne is our preference, but you can also use Cava or Prosecco. Both are well priced. Champagne or Sparkling wines will give you fine, persistent bubbles.
Some great brunch menu ideas:
Mimosa Bar Recipes
- Juice Carafe
- Champagne glasses
For 24 ounces of Fresh Fruit Juice
- 16 oz of any fresh fruit – blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, mangos, pineapple, peaches
- 8 oz simple syrup, more or less to taste
For 6 Mimosas
- 1 750 ml bottle Champagne
- 1 24 oz carafes of Juice or Fruit Puree
- Garnishes – fresh fruit, pomegranate seeds, mint sprigs
- Blend fresh fruits in a blender. Add simple syrup and blend again. Taste for sweetness and add more simple syrup if needed.
- Strain to remove any seeds. Chill before using. Put in a labeled carafe.
- Chill Champagne for about 2 hours before serving and then add bottles to a wine bucket filled with ice to keep cold
- Arrange chilled juices around the mimosa bar
- Put garnishes in small bowls and add to the mimosa bar table
- For each mimosa: fill a champagne flute with 2 ounces fruit juice or puree and top with 4 ounces chilled Champagne
- Add garnish and enjoy!