Apple Cider Mimosas

$1.46 each
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.80 from 5 votes
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This may be a no-brainer for my cocktail aficionado friends, but for those who aren’t naturally cocktail savvy, allow me to present these Apple Cider Mimosas, which are the perfect, simple daytime cocktail for Thanksgiving. Chances are you have some apple cider on hand (especially if you’re making my Cider Roasted Turkey Breast), and maybe some fresh rosemary, so just pick up a bottle of sparkling wine and you’re in business! 🥂

three apple cider mimosas with apples and a bottle of wine in the back

What Kind of Sparkline Wine Should I Use?

While you can use just about any sparkling wine that you have available, I prefer a dry or brut sparkling wine because apple cider is already extremely sweet. Since apple cider also has quite a powerful flavor, it can also help mask subtle flavor differences in your wine. In other words, you don’t have to buy anything super high quality. ;) I just used a $7.49 bottle of Tourner brut sparkling wine from ALDI. And if all the varieties of sparkling wines confuse the heck out of you, this article about Champagne vs. Prosecco is a great place to start.

Sparkling wine being poured into a flute with cider

What Kind of Cider Should I Use?

Again, this drink is extremely flexible. I used an inexpensive cider, but I think it would be really fun to use a fresh local cider if that’s something that is available in your area. You can also experiment with steeping the cider in some mulling spices, then chilling it before making the mimosas.

Make Your Own Mix

I kept the formula simple, with a 50/50 ratio of cider to wine, but as any mimosa drinker knows, you can tweak that to be any ratio that you like. Want a full glass of sparkling wine with just a splash of cider? Go for it! Want mostly cider with just a tickle of bubbles? You got it! This drink requires no expertise, no skill, just pour and drink. ;)

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Apple Cider Mimosas

4.80 from 5 votes
Just two simple ingredients and one optional fresh garnish make these Apple Cider Mimosas the easiest holiday cocktail around.
sparkling wine being poured into a champagne flute in a group of three flutes
Servings 1
Prep 2 mins
Total 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. apple cider ($0.18)
  • 4 oz. sparkling wine ($1.18)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or thyme (optional garnish) ($0.10)

Instructions 

  • Make sure the cider and sparkling wine are chilled. Pour four ounces (½ cup) cider into a champagne flute, followed by 4 ounces (½ cup) sparkling wine. Top with a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme as a garnish, then serve and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 145.2kcalCarbohydrates: 17.5gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSodium: 5mgFiber: 0.3g
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  1. Thank you for this idea! Every year my family makes mimosas on Christmas, but a few years ago I developed a condition that forces me to avoid citrus. It never occurred to me to use apple cider instead, which I can still drink! Now I won’t be left out!

  2. This is also delicious with a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. I also rim my glasses with a cinnamon-sugar mixture!

  3. Yum! Ive made this drink for my friends and my hubby, and everyone loves it! Its crazy how my life and wallet changed after discovering this blog!
    Tip for moms: Replace the sparkling wine with sparkling juice or sparkling water, so kids can feel grown up too!

  4. For those abstaining from alcohol (whatever the reason), I think sparkling water or ginger ale is a good substitute for the wine.

  5. Well, we all could use a cocktail to get us thru the holidays and this looks like a good one! Thanks!!

  6. This is a simple concept, but I hadn’t thought of it yet, so thank you for the idea! It will be perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail for my cider-loving husband and me!

    1. They’re actually plastic disposable (but I washed and saved mine) from Amazon.

  7. I picked up SunRype spiced apple cider at my local No Frills grocery store in Canada and it’s really good. It’s sold like cranberry juice, shelf stable, but my store had it with the apple cider vinegar instead of the juices lol! I’m going to try it cut with orange Bubly sparkling water.

  8. I’m sure both would be great, but isn’t the fresh herb shown in the pictures a sprig of thyme rather than rosemary?

    1. WOW. I totally had a brain fart there. :P I MEANT to use rosemary, and I had some, but looks like I grabbed the thyme instead and somehow didn’t notice even through all the photo editing. 🤦‍♀️ I think I need a vacation. haha!