Pineapple Mimosas are a fruity, tropical twist on traditional mimosas! So easy, with just three common ingredients (including champagne, duh!)
Every time I hear the word “mimosa,” I laugh. Why? Because just the mention of the word reminds me of one of the funniest shows in the history of TV, Parks and Recreation. I think Amy Poehler is a comedic genius, and one of my favorite bits on this consistently funny show was one that involved mimosas. Two characters decided to have a special day to treat themselves, and called it “Treat Yo’ Self 2011.” Spoiler alert, it involved mimosas (although not yummy pinneapple mimosas like this one!) and fine leather goods. You just have to watch for yourself.
My sister-in-law and I “treat ourselves” almost daily when we’re on our yearly family vacation, and mimosas are definitely part of that routine. On our trip in January, we also discovered a market with freshly squeezed juices, and my wheels started turning. Mimosas with orange juice are great, they’re a Sunday brunch staple. But variety is the spice of life! So I started experimenting, and fell in love with this pineapple mimosa using champagne, pineapple juice, and just a little lemon-lime soda to bring it all together. You may be tempted to use just champagne and pineapple juice. I’m not going to stop you. It’s a free country, and we’re adults after all! I tried this first, and found it slightly lacking. The pineapple juice is so tart and acidic, that I really advocate adding a splash of something to sweeten the mixture. I used lemon-lime soda (aka 7up), but a dash of simple syrup would also do the trick.
When making this pineapple mimosa, use chilled champagne as your base. Bonus points if the pineapple juice has been chilled, but we can’t all be so organized!
- 1/3 cup sparkling wine*
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon-lime soda (like 7up)**
- Chill the sparkling wine in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The colder, the better!
- In a champagne flute, add sparkling wine and pineapple juice.
- Top the cocktail off with a splash of lemon-lime soda, to taste.
- *Most mimosa recipes call for a dryer champagne, like a Brut. If you incorporate the lemon-lime soda, I would recommend a Brut. If you would like to just use sparkling wine and pineapple juice, try to find a sweeter variety of champagne to use. The pineapple juice can be quite tart!