Last updated on April 3rd, 2020 at 12:45 pm
A new way to enjoy mimosas at brunch is with hard cider instead of champagne. This Cider Mimosa is a refreshing combination of Rosé Hard Cider and Orange Pineapple Juice that is fresh new take on a classic!
Before we can talk about this new twist on a classic breakfast alcoholic drink, we must talk about the original.
What’s in a mimosa?
When you ask this question you might get a funny look. Everyone I am friends with knows what’s in a mimosa, and how you make one probably because we love to drink.
A mimosa is the original 2 ingredient cocktail. Just orange juice and champagne. Well, that is true to some degree.
A mimosa is a cocktail that is one part champagne and one part citrus juice. Usually orange juice but that doesn’t mean that you can only make a mimosa using orange juice.
Case in point, this recipe is for a hard cider mimosa that is made with a new juice blend. And I couldn’t stop messing with it at that point, I had to go a step farther, and mess with the champagne part too.
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Rosé Cider Mimosa recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
What is hard cider?
Hard cider is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting apple juice. It is definitely sweeter than beer but for me it is easier on the tongue than champagne. It does have the bubbles that are needed to bring the flavors of the juice to the forefront.
Last month I turned a margarita on it’s head and made one with beer instead of tequila so I am continuing the tradition and substituting hard cider for the champs. The real reason is champagne gives me a headache so I went with something I can drink without the side effects.
There are plenty of brands and types(flavors) of hard cider including pear, crisp apple, dry, and even cherry blossom. I’m a sucker for Rosé sparkling wine so I thought I would use this variety of cider for my cider mimosa.
Plus the pinkish/red color of the cider looks very pretty with the orange/yellow color of the juice!
This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website. Your purchase helps support this blog at no additional cost to you and allows me to continue bringing you delicious recipes and funny stories. For my entire disclosure policy click here.
Is this just an apple cider mimosa?
Technically yes, because the Rosé Hard Cider is made with rare red flesh apples that give it the pretty pink color. And it is mixed with a citrus juice. But not plain old orange juice.
Because cider is made from apples, I thought it only appropriate to use a juice blend. One with the citrus juice necessary for it to be called a mimosa, and one that pairs well with the crisp apple flavors in the cider. And because of the higher sugar content of cider over champagne, I chose a lower sugar juice blend.
One that struck my fancy is an orange pineapple apple blend. The pineapple and orange juices give you the mimosa experience and the additional apple juice helps that flavors to blend together. Feel free to use what every juice blend strikes your fancy!
Can I use any juice blend in the cider mimosa?
Yes, feel free to use a juice blend that has your favorite flavors. You can also use plain orange juice if you prefer.
What is the best hard cider brand to use?
This is a subjective question based on your flavor preferences, but I use Angry Orchard Hard Cider Rosé variety. Strongbow is pretty good too.
Can I vary the ratios of apple cider to juice?
Of course you can, it’s your cocktail:)
What should I use if I can’t find the Rosé variety?
Feel free to use the pear flavor as it pairs well with the juice blend. But if you can’t find that either, any hard cider will do.
Another fun part of this cider mimosa is the garnish. I always have apples, lemons, and limes in the house so when I was trying to figure out fun ways to garnish the cider mimosa I figured apples were the way to go!
But apples brown easily and the champagne flutes have such a small opening to drink from I didn’t want a huge slice of apple sticking on the rim or floating in the glass.
I made some “apple ball ice cubes” using a melon baller. Scooping out spheres of apple and freezing them beforehand makes a pretty garnish that doesn’t block your access to the cider mimosa AND keeps your cocktail chilled if you are a slow drinker in the morning time.
If you like reading my posts and seeing my recipes, connect with me on your favorite social media channel for behind the scenes photos and much, much more:
Sign up to receive a free email in your inbox with each new recipe:
If you love this Rosé Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe as much as I do, please write a five-star review in the comment section below (or on Pinterest with the “tried it” button – you can now add pictures into reviews, too!), and be sure to help me share on facebook!
Other brunch cocktails to try!
How to make a hard apple cider mimosa
- 8 ounces Orange Pineapple Apple Juice
- 2 Rosé Hard Cider
- Apples for chilling and garnish (I use Pacific Rose variety)
- Fresh mint for garnish *optional
Make the apple "ice cubes"
- Using a melon baller, scoop out balls of apple and dip in water with lemon to prevent browning.
- Freeze them until ready to serve mimosas.
Make the Cider Mimosas
- In your champagne flute, or other drinking glass, add 2 ounces of orange pineapple juice and 6 ounces of Rosé Hard Cider. I use Angry Orchard Brand for this one.
- Garnish with frozen apple ice cubes and a few sprigs of mint.
- Enjoy responsibly!
*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with some stars. Thank you!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
@TakeTwoTapas.com. Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encourages and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.