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Strawberry Mimosa

May 13, 2020 (Last Updated: July 6, 2020) by Chef Molly

Strawberry mimosas are the perfect late-spring cocktail, featuring sweet strawberry syrup topped with sparkling wine and finely chopped strawberries.

two champagne glasses with strawberry mimosa, with strawberries and champagne bottle in background

Do you get so excited about farmer’s market strawberries that you buy way more than you can eat in the next couple of days? Or you pile the kids in the car and head out for some strawberry picking at a local pick-your-own farm and return with several pallets full? 🙋‍♀️ (Even despite the kid with the “one for me, one for the basket” approach to picking? 😂) If so, it’s time to break out the strawberry recipes. Of course, you can use them in salads, or feature them in desserts, but I’ve got the perfect recipe for when you’re still flush with strawberries but running out of ideas—this Strawberry Mimosa. 

And, this recipe is perfect for strawberries that may be a tad overripe. The sweeter the better to make strawberry syrup. You’ll roughly chop a couple of handfuls and simmer in sugar water for that syrup. Then finely chop another handful to use for the garnish—you can cut out any brown or overly soft spots as you go. Then pop open a bottle of champagne, and make mimosas! Toast yourself for being a no-food-waste champion, and enjoy.

bottle of champagne, bowl of sugar, basket of strawberries

How do you make a Strawberry Mimosa?

1. Finely chop 4 ounces of strawberries, then chop another 4 ounces of strawberries roughly.

2. Place the finely chopped strawberries in a small bowl.

small bowl of finely chopped strawberries

3. Add the rest of the strawberries to a small saucepan with 2 ounces sugar and 1/2 cup water.

saucepan of chopped strawberries, sugar, and water

4. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Liquid will bubble and thicken into a syrup.

strawberries, sugar, and water after simmering for 10 minutes in saucepan

5. After 10 minutes, strain liquid into a measuring cup with a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

straining strawberry syrup into glass measuring cup

6. Cool syrup in refrigerator.

7. To serve, pour a small amount of strawberry syrup (about 2 teaspoons) into your champagne flute. Feel free to eyeball it—you don’t need to measure this at all.

two glasses of champagne filled with a small amount of strawberry syrup and bowl of strawberries

8. Fill glass with champagne, and top with a big spoonful of finely chopped strawberries. 

pouring champagne over strawberry syrup

Note: I prefer my cocktails on the dry side. If you want a sweeter drink with more strawberry flavor, make a double batch of the strawberry syrup and pour more into each class before topping with the bubbly. 

Can you make Strawberry Mimosas in advance?

Mimosas are the kind of drink that is best made right before serving. That said, you can make the strawberry syrup in advance and keep it refrigerated until ready to serve, along with the champagne. For the finely chopped strawberries, you can prepare them an hour or two in advance, but the longer they sit (even refrigerated), the more they will soften and start to leak out strawberry juice. For the best-looking strawberry mimosas, finely chop the strawberries within 30 minutes of serving. 

What kind of Champagne should I use?

While in the United States, people often use the term “champagne” to describe any bubbly wine, Champagne is an AOC-protected term. Technically, only champagne produced by wine makers in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne. But I’m going to use U.S. convention here and use the term “champagne” to encompass other sparkling wines as well.

Because you are going to mix your champagne with something else, you don’t need to buy a top-quality bottle. That said, you always want to buy a bottle of something you would like to drink on its own. The quality will nearly always come through in the finished cocktail. Look for a champagne that is dry or extra-dry (brut or extra-brut) with this cocktail. You can often find better deals on prosecco or other sparkling wines that are still delicious but don’t have the Champagne designation.

What should I do with leftover champagne? Can I store leftover champagne?

Champagne goes flat quickly once the bottle is opened. If you do find you drink champagne often without finishing the bottle, invest in a resealable champagne cork. This champagne sealer from Amazon is top-rated by America’s Test Kitchen for keeping your sparkling wine sparkling for at least a few days. 

How do you choose the best strawberries?

This recipe really shines with in-season, sweet strawberries. The strawberries that you find year-round in the grocery store are often artificially ripened, and sometimes more sour than sweet. You can always toss your finely chopped strawberries with a little bit of sugar before you use them to top your mimosa, if your strawberries aren’t sweet enough on their own.

Also, please buy organic strawberries whenever you can. Strawberries regularly rank #1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. This is the list that ranks fruits and vegetables based on pesticide contamination. And EWG tests produce samples AFTER they have been washed and peeled (if necessary), so unfortunately washing your strawberries before eating will not eliminate pesticides. 

What are the nutritional benefits of strawberries?

Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and manganese, and also include folate and potassium. They are low in fat, but rich in antioxidants. They also provide a small dose of fiber (about 2 grams for a 3.5-ounce serving). 

When is strawberry season?

In the United States, strawberry season is usually late spring or early summer. In France, strawberries begin to appear in the markets with the much beloved Gariguettes in late April, and strawberry season can last until midway through the fall. 

What else can you make with fresh strawberries?

There’s nothing better than ripe, sweet strawberries on their own in my opinion, but there are many other uses as well. 

  • Use them in fresh fruit tarts
  • Feature them in this fantastic Strawberry Parfait with Mascarpone Cream 
  • Make strawberry shortcake or strawberry cobbler
  • Bake a strawberry cheesecake
  • Use strawberries in cocktails and sangrias like my White Wine Sangria with Strawberries
  • Freeze extra strawberries (rinse and trim them first, then pat carefully dry before storing in a freezer bag), then use them in a smoothie like this Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie or a strawberry milkshake. 
  • Blend fresh strawberries with yogurt and then freeze in popsicle molds. 
  • And of course, should you find yourself at the end of strawberry season with a pallet of very ripe strawberries, make jam

What should I serve with a Strawberry Mimosa?

Strawberry Mimosas are perfect for an aperitif at the start of a dinner party. I particularly like to serve these in spring, when strawberries are at their peak. They’re sparkly and not too high in alcohol content. So, they’re the perfect drink to eat with appetizers, whether you are just hosting a cocktail hour or moving into a full-on dinner party afterwards. To keep things simple, you can’t go wrong with serving along with roasted nuts and a cheese plate. But if you’d like to make some easy appetizers to go with your cocktail, I’d recommend:

And, if you’re looking for another light cocktail once summer rolls around, check out my Rosé Spritzer.

close up of glass of strawberry mimosa with bowl of chopped strawberries and champagne bottle in background

Strawberry Mimosa

Yield: Serves 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Strawberry mimosas are the perfect late-spring cocktail, featuring sweet strawberry syrup topped with sparkling wine and finely chopped strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fresh strawberries
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or other dry sparkling wine

Instructions

    1. Finely chop half the strawberries, then chop the rest of the strawberries roughly.
    2. Place the finely chopped strawberries in a small bowl.
    3. Add the rest of the strawberries to a small saucepan with the sugar and 1/2 cup water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Liquid will bubble and thicken into a syrup.
    4. After 10 minutes, strain liquid into a measuring cup with a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
    5. Cool syrup in refrigerator.
    6. To serve, pour a small amount of strawberry syrup (about 2 teaspoons) into your champagne flute, then fill with champagne.
    7. Top with a big spoonful of finely chopped strawberries.

Notes

I prefer my cocktails on the dry side. If you want a sweeter drink with more strawberry flavor, make a double batch of the strawberry syrup and pour more into each class before topping with the bubbly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a general reference for users courtesy of the online nutrition calculator Nutritionix.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Katerina
    May 15, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Ohh, these sound absolutely wonderful! A warm afternoon on the deck with my girlfriends (when we can again) and some of these mimosas and it’s a party! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Chef Molly
      May 15, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Agreed!! Let’s hope it will be sooner rather than later that we’ll again be able to sit on a deck with friends and mimosas!

  • Reply
    Alex
    May 18, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    These are just such a beautiful drink! I love that time when fresh strawberries start to appear – there’s nothing quite like them! As we head into Winter here in Australia, I will be dreaming of warm days and this delicious drink.

    • Reply
      Chef Molly
      May 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, pin it for later! I’m loving our spring weather right now, and happy to be heading for summer. But I’m sure by the end of it I’ll be ready for winter and cozy food!

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