Last Updated on May 9, 2023 by The Noms
A twist on a classic mimosa cocktail, this Grapefruit Mimosa with champagne and grapefruit juice are a perfect match! Make this great festive grapefruit mimosa for your next party or brunch!
Let’s talk about brunch cocktails! I don’t know about you, but easy champagne cocktails for brunch, especially for a group, are the way to go! Easy to entertain with and make, these White Grapefruit Mimosas are simple and oh, so delicious!
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Why grapefruit? You know we like to switch up cocktails and make things new and fun, plus we love mimosas. So, in the case of this mimosa recipe, we used our frozen juice ice cube idea (from our Easter Mimosas) and make some white grapefruit juice ice cubes in the shape of roses, added some fruit, some gold edible glitter and made some fun brunch worthy mimosas. We also think these are perfect for Valentine’s Day, bridal shower or special occasion, because they are extra!
Mimosas are a beloved Sunday brunch beverage and variations of the classic are plenty: strawberry mimosa, lilac mimosa, cranberry mimosa, pomegranate mimosas or pineapple mimosa, just to name a few. In the case of this White Grapefruit Mimosa, we love the tart pucker of grapefruit combined with the bubbly dry wine. And really any perfect brunch cocktail is something with dry sparkling wine and simple ingredients.
If you are hosting brunch this weekend, having a baby shower, or for a special occasion, be sure to add some mimosas to your table. With just a few ingredients, and some slight prep time, you can have these ready for a celebration or your next brunch! Try a Buck’s Fizz, too! Basically it’s more champagne than juice, not equal parts champagne and orange juice.
White Grapefruit Mimosa Ingredients
This White Grapefruit Mimosa recipe is made with sparkling wine and white grapefruit juice for a quick and easy cocktail. Champagne and grapefruit juice are best friends, just like the classic cocktail of orange juice and champagne.
- White Grapefruit Juice – obviously like always, fresh is best! To make this recipe you will need at least 3-4 large grapefruits depending on size and juiciness. If you are making for a crowd, you better stock up! A handheld juicer to squeeze fresh grapefruit is easiest, but if you are making a big batch for a crowd feel free to use a juicer. If not in season, go ahead and use bottled white grapefruit juice. We added fresh raspberries to the ice before freezing.
- Fresh Fruit – the fruit we added was fresh raspberries, but use what you have on hand.
- Sparkling Wine – For mimosas most people think of dry champagne. Champagne is the most expensive choice, and a true champagne has a bit of mineral flavor and it may not be what we want in this already sour mimosa. You don’t need an expensive bottle of champagne, though. We suggest you try Prosecco (light and crisp, with fruity notes), or cava. Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain like Champagne, but less acidic. Any of these will work, but remember that the grapefruit ice cubes are not sweetened.
- Edible Glitter (optional) – We used gold in the opaque ice cubes to give a bit of shimmer and sparkle. Once we poured the juice into the rose shaped molds, we topped the juice with the edible glitter. Just a shake over the top will do.
What is White Grapefruit Juice?
How to Make a Grapefruit Mimosa
Mimosas are a favorite cocktail to serve for brunch or a party because they are so easy to make. They require few ingredients and almost no preparation, generally. It’s also an easy cocktail to make variations of mimosas other than the traditional orange juice. These you will have to prep a little more for, by making the white grapefruit juice ice cubes at least the day before serving.
This white grapefruit mimosa can be enjoyed all year long with bottled juice, but will be especially nice in the winter and spring when grapefruit is in season and you can make some fresh-pressed juice. Use a citrus squeezer to make getting the fresh juice easier.
Make sure to plan time to make the white grapefruit juice ice cubes. Use a fun mold like this silicone flower one! We poured the juice into the molds and then topped them with the edible glitter. Place in the freezer, it will take about 3-4 hours for them to firm up completely.
If you are making more than the 6 shapes in the mold, then these will pop out and store really well in a freezer bag or container in the freezer. Otherwise, we would for sure pop them out so they are ready to go before serving time.
When serving, add the large ice cube into the coupe and top with the sparkling wine of your choice. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit, if you want!
White Grapefruit Mimosas for a Crowd
As we said, a mimosa is one of our favorite cocktails to serve at parties because you can set out a mimosa bar and allow guests to make their own. To keep the sparkling wine cold use a wine chiller or ice bucket and place coupes next to it. If you were doing traditional mimosas then you would have to have the juice in a large pitcher over ice, too. In this case, store the excess juice cubes in the freezer and get them out as needed.
If you go the traditional route, then use champagne-style flutes or champagne glasses.
What Glass do I serve a Mimosa In?
For a classic mimosa, a champagne flute or stemless champagne glass is the usual glassware. In the case of these White Grapefruit Mimosas, we encourage you to use a large coupe that will fit a large ice cube. Or some small ice cubes vertically in a flute, topped with champagne in a sort of measuring system of eyeballing it, ha!
Is White Grapefruit the Same as Red or Pink?
The color of the pulp and the sweetness factor are the main differences. Red grapefruit pulp is a vibrant red and is smaller than a pink one, it is the sweetest juice. The pink grapefruit is pale pink in color. The flesh in a white grapefruit almost makes it look like a lemon. Pink grapefruit juice would make a great Pink Grapefruit Mimosa, especially with rosè champagne!
How much juice in one grapefruit?
It will vary depending on the size and ripeness of the grapefruit but plan on 5-6 ounces of juice from each grapefruit. This makes for a great measurement guess for the ingredient part grapefruit juice!
Tips & Tricks
- Sweetness – as the ice cube melts, and the White Grapefruit Mimosa is too sour, feel free to add some sweetener to your coupe. Simple syrup, agave or maple syrup are a great sweetener choice for this drink. So keep that in mind if you like it on the sweeter side.
- Sparkling Wine – Like we described above, feel free to use any sparkling wine. Champagne, Cava or Prosecco are all good choices for different reasons. Use what you like in terms of flavor. Rosè is also a fun choice! Just remember that you don’t need an expensive champagne for a perfect cocktail.
- Garnish – here are some great garnish ideas for this pretty cocktail, other than the large shaped ice cube. Make sure to get your silicone ice trays! Optional fresh raspberries, sliced strawberries, grapefruit slices or wedges, lemon peel, mint, thyme sprigs, rosemary or lavender sprigs.
- Fruit – we used fresh raspberries in this recipe, but any fruit will do in the ice cubes. Try blueberries, cut strawberries, grapes, slices of citrus, blackberries or cranberries!
- Juice – if you are squeezing your own juice, make sure to strain to get out all the pulp. If you are using bottled juice then try to buy pulp free or low pulp options. Pulp is icky mixed with bubbles. Other juice choices for this recipe instead of grapefruit could be pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, and mixed juices like orange/mango. Peach nectar would make it like a Bellini. If you would like, add some herbs to your ice cubes: mint, thyme, sage. rosemary or lavender are all good options.
- Chill the Ingredients – obviously the ice cubes will be chilled. But, make sure the sparkling wine is chilled before pouring. Also feel free to chill the glasses in the freezer for about 10 minutes before making the cocktails if you would like to keep your drinks colder longer to keep the lazy weekend going!
- Edible Glitter – any color will do, but gold glitter, silver glitter and pink glitter would make the best choices for the white grapefruit juice.
- Boozy Options – if you want some more booze other than the grapefruit juice, add a splash of orange liqueur like triple sec or Grand Marnier or peach liqueur. If you want to amp up the alcohol content try vodka, or flavored vodka.
- Non-Alcoholic Grapefruit Mimosa – sub out the sparkling wine for club soda, sparkling water or white grape juice for a mocktail version. You will probably have to add sweetener for this option, though.
- Ice Molds – there are so many fun ice molds that are available right now! Try out some flowers, Diamonds, or hearts!
Make some of these bubbly cocktails for your next special event or Mother’s Day brunch! If you want to, or need to keep your champagne fresh, use a champagne saver!
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Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Mimosa Recipes
- Strawberry Ice Cubes & Champagne – Laylita’s Recipes
- Guava Mimosa – Fat Girl Hedonist
- Frozen Apple Cider Mimosas – Bone Appeteach
- Frozen Mimosas– How Sweet Eats
These White Grapefruit Mimosas are so easy to make and will stay cold and delicious while you drink them. Plan ahead to make the ice cubes and get to making them for brunch!
- 3 cups white grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed preferred)
- Edible Glitter - gold, silver or pink (optional)
- Champagne or any sparkling wine
- To make the grapefruit juice ice cubes, start the day before. Place mold onto a cookie sheet. Place berries in mold if you are using them. Pour the juice into the shaped molds, dust some edible glitter over the top of the juice in the mold.
- Place mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Make as many as you think you will be serving. This recipe is for 6, so if you need more, take out of the mold, pour more juice and freeze again. The ice cubes can be stored in freezer bags or containers.
- When ready to serve, put ice cube in coupe. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish if desired. Cheers!
Make big ice cubes for a coupe, or smaller shaped molds for a collins glass.
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Serving Size:5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: .1gCarbohydrates: 10.4gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 8gProtein: .7g
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