The Apple Cider Mimosa is an easy and fun fall cocktail. Try it with Apple Cider or punch up the fall flavors with Spiced or Caramel Apple Cider. Either way, this breakfast mimosa is tasty and simply gorgeous to serve.
Apple Cider Mimosas are perfect for cool weather when fall cocktails and Sunday morning brunch go hand-in-hand. Plus, with all the fall and winter holidays coming up, there’s ample opportunity to really wow your guests. Instead of the classic mimosa, friends and family will love this fresh take on a brunch cocktail. Even better… these mimosas are easy to make!
Of course the fall season calls for apple cider and we’re loving the caramel apple cider found on the grocery shelves these days. The caramel is a perfect addition to the apple cider flavor.
Don’t worry, you can make an Apple Cider Mimosa with classic apple cider, spiced apple cider or caramel apple cider. It’s up to you to find your favorite combination! This mimosa recipe is the same for any of the apple cider flavors you choose.
Apple Cider Mimosa Ingredients
All you need are a few ingredients!
- Apple Cider (flavor of your choice).
- Either Champagne or Prosecco.
- Caramel Sauce for the rim.
- Red Sand Sugar for the rim.
- Apple slices for garnish (optional).
Even thought it’s optional to dress up this fall cocktail, I highly recommend you do it!
Simply use caramel sauce and red sand sugar for the rim. Then add a variety of apple slices for garnish and you’re mimosa brunch display will look amazing, not to mention tasty too. The color combination is gorgeous!
Which Flavor of Apple Cider?
Apple Cider comes in so many different flavors these days! I even saw a pumpkin flavor this year (maybe that’s not new news, but it is to me!). Here are three favorite flavors and all of them work well in this apple cider mimosa recipe.
- Traditional Apple Cider – delicious fresh pressed apple juice.
- Spiced Apple Cider – This pressed apple juice includes added spices, typically cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Caramel Apple Cider – The added caramel flavor is amazing, but it can be hard to find. If you find it, buy it!
Best Champagne to use for Mimosas?
Champagne is sparkling wine from France and you’ll want to use a dry Champagne. The sweetness in the mimosa will come from the apple cider.
Be careful because the naming of Champagnes is super confusing! The driest champagnes commonly found in stores are Extra Brut and Brut. These are perfect for mimosa recipes.
If you like a little sweetness in your champagne, then go for one labeled “Extra Dry”. Extra Dry is actually the first level of sweetness in champagnes.
Best Prosecco to use for Mimosas?
Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Italy, made with different grapes than champagne. A great choice for mimosas and is often cheaper than champagne. Again, look for a Prosecco labeled Brute for the driest contender or Extra Dry for a slightly sweeter Prosecco.
Regardless if you choose Champagne or Prosecco, choose a drier variety. Both work well and add the delicious bubbly that makes brunch just a little more fun.
How to make Apple Cider Mimosas
Step 1: Make sure to chill your ingredients. Champagne or Prosecco takes 4-5 hours to chill in the refrigerator. If you want to speed it up, place your bottle in an ice bucket half filled with water, half filled with ice. It’ll be chilled in about 45 minutes to an hour.
Step 2: Rim your champagne glasses with caramel sauce and red sand sugar. You’ll need two saucers to do this. Pour about 1/4 cup of caramel sauce on one saucer and 3-4 tablespoons of red sand sugar in the other saucer.
Roll the rim of your glass in the caramel sauce until it’s fully coated.
Makes sure to get the caramel a little on the sides of the glass too. Then press the glass into the sugar and roll it around until it is full covered.
Doesn’t that look lovely? And it isn’t all just about the looks! The caramel and sugar rim adds more flavor to the apple cider mimosa for extra goodness.
Step 3: Fill the glass about a 1/3 full with apple cider.
Note: A traditional mimosa recipe is half juice and half alcohol. I happen to like a little more alcohol in my mimosas. In fact, when I order a mimosa at a restaurant, I ask them to just “wave” a little orange juice over the glass! Make sure you use the juice to alcohol ratio that suits your tastes best.
Step 4: Fill the rest of the glass with Champagne or Prosecco.
Step 5: Slice red and green apples and skewer the with a straw or pick for garnish.
There it is! This Apple Cider Mimosa is a little fruity, a little sweet, and a tad tart. The combination is refreshing and perfectly bubbly. Brunch will never the same!
If you don’t have time to make this cocktail right now, make sure to save it to your Pinterest cocktail board:
Check out these other fun Fall Cocktails:
Salted Caramel Martini – Baileys Irish Cream, Salted Caramel Liqueur and Vodka are a fantastic fall cocktail combination.
Pumpkin Spice Margarita – A fun Fall or Thanksgiving cocktail.
Pumpkin Pie Moonshine Recipe – The best Fall party cocktail.
Here’s a handy recipe card for the Apple Cider Mimosas you can print at home:
- 1 Bottle of Brute Champagne or Brute Prosecco (Extra Dry works well too for a little more sweetness)
- 1/2 Gallon of Caramel Apple Cider (substitute with regular or spiced apple cider - both work well too)
- Caramel Sauce (for rim)
- Red Sanding Sugar (for rim)
- Green and Red Apple Slices (garnish)
- Pour approximately 1/4 cup of caramel sauce onto a saucer.
- On a second saucer, pour about 3 tablespoons of red sanding sugar.
- Dip the champagne glass rim in the caramel sauce and then into the red sanding sugar.
- Fill each champagne glass 1/3 full with chilled apple cider.
- Fill the rest of the glass with chilled Champagne or Prosecco of choice.
- Add apple slices for garnish and serve.