National Mimosa Day, celebrated on May 16th every year, provides the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family to appreciate the famed brunch staple known as the Mimosa. This delightful cocktail blends the sweetness of fresh orange juice, the effervescence of champagne and a touch of elegance to create the perfect refreshing drink.

Whether you’re at a brunch, a wedding, or simply enjoying a lazy weekend at home, use this day to savor every sip of this iconic drink and toast to camaraderie, good times, and making memories.

History of National Mimosa Day

The Mimosa, a widely celebrated cocktail composed of champagne and cold citrus juice (typically orange), has a rather complex history. Typically served in a high champagne glass, this refreshing drink has become a staple of brunch menus around the world.

Often attributed to Frank Meier, a bartender at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, the Mimosa is believed to have been created circa 1925. It’s named after the mimosa plant, which boasts blossoms that closely mirror the cocktail’s vibrant hue.

This delightful cocktail found its way across the Atlantic to the United States, where it gained notable popularity in the late ’60s and early ’70s. This was likely due to the increasing normalization of mid-morning alcohol consumption during brunch events, coupled with the Mimosa’s palatable and refreshing profile.

Of note is the “Buck’s Fizz”, a cocktail that predates the Mimosa by about four years. The Buck’s Fizz, conceived at the Buck’s Club in London, also combines champagne and orange juice. However, it features a distinctly different ratio – specifically, double the champagne to orange juice. Despite their striking similarities, cocktails enthusiasts often regard the Mimosa and Buck’s fizz as separate entities due to this differing ratio.

National Mimosa Day Timeline

Invention of Champagne

It's suggested that Pierre Perignon developed the technique for making sparkling wine, more commonly known today as Champagne.

Creation of Mimosa Cocktail

The Mimosa cocktail is believed to have been invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925.

Brunch Boom

The popularity of brunch, often featuring the Mimosa, increased dramatically in the United States.

National Mimosa Day Founded

The US started celebrating National Mimosa Day annually on May 16th.

Ideas to Celebrate National Mimosa Day

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Mimosa Brunch Party

Host a mimosa-themed brunch at home with friends or family. You can integrate a variety of mimosa flavors along with a healthy breakfast spread. Encourage your guests to create their own personalized mimosas.

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Visit a Local Brunch Spot

Plan a brunch day out with your friends or family at a local restaurant that serves delicious mimosas. You may get lucky and they may have special National Mimosa Day discounts.

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Mimosa Making Competition

Turn the day into a fun-filled activity by organizing a mimosa making competition. You can supply various fruits, juices, and champagne, and allow your guests to create their own unique mimosas.

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Mimosa Tasting Event

Create a selection of different mimosa cocktails, each with a different juice, and invite friends to taste and rate them.

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Picnic with Mimosas

Head outdoors with a picnic basket filled with delicious snacks and chilled mimosas. Enjoy your drink while basking in the beauty of nature.

5 Interesting Facts About Mimosa


Composition of the Mimosa Cocktail

The Mimosa cocktail is traditionally made with equal parts of orange juice and champagne. Some variations may include adding Grand Marnier or other liqueurs to enhance the flavour.


Perfect Brunch Beverage

Mimosa is considered to be one of the most popular drinks for brunch. Its light, refreshing, and low-alcohol content make it suitable for early daytime drinking.


Mimosa's Close Cousin - The Bellini

The Bellini is another champagne-based cocktail that closely resembles the Mimosa. In place of orange juice, the Bellini uses peach purée.


Healthy Ingredients

Mimosas are not considered a 'healthy' drink, mind you, but it doesn't lack in valuable nutrients because of the orange juice. Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.


Versatility of the Mimosa Cocktail

While traditionally made with orange juice, the mimosa cocktail can be made with other types of fresh fruit juices like grapefruit, pineapple, or cranberry based on personal preference.

National Mimosa Day FAQs

Next National Mimosa Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 May 16th Tuesday
2024 May 16th Thursday
2025 May 16th Friday
2026 May 16th Saturday
2027 May 16th Sunday
What is the pattern? Every May 16th

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