Apple Cider Mimosas are the perfect cocktail for a fall celebration. Light, refreshing and rimmed with cinnamon sugar and honey. This sparkling apple cider cocktail is sure to be a holiday hit!
This apple cider mimosa recipe screams fall is finally here and that means the holiday party season is just getting started.
Apple Cider is a favourite in my area because we have so many apple orchards in the Niagra Region it is easy to find fresh apple cider almost anywhere. There isn’t an apple drink or apple recipe I am not in love with. Apples are just so darn great. Crunchy, sweet or sour… they literally can be used in almost any recipe with a little imagination.
And since sparkling wine and the holiday season go hand in hand so it only seems obvious that there need to be some fall cocktails with apples to kick off the season.
So I got to thinking what if I added the fresh apple cider I had to some Prosecco I have been saving. Well, let me tell you. Magic … Magic is what happened!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Apple Cider – I highly encourage visiting a local farm to pick some up. This way you can support local farmers and get the freshest possible.
- Sparkling Wine – Personally use prosecco because Champagne is much more expensive and unless you are drinking it straight up I don’t think it makes a difference for the price. Cava is another good option or a sparkling wine from a local winery works well too.
- Cinnamon Sugar – So easy to make! Add 3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon and mix.
- Honey – Optional to rim the glass. I You can also use water or some of the apple cider. The point is to get the cinnamon sugar to stick. I find that honey works well because it stays drier and drips less than when liquids are used to rim the glass.
How To Make Apple Cider Mimosas
This Apple Cider Cocktail is made with just two core ingredients. One part apple cider to 3 parts Prosecco. Or you can adjust the ratio as you wish!
To make this fall cocktail special I rimmed the glass first with honey and then into cinnamon sugar. Honey is great for rimming glasses because it helps the sugars or sprinkles stick to the rim without dripping or melting.
Creamed honey works best because it is thicker and comes usually in a bowl-like container perfect for dipping a glass into.
To make the cinnamon-sugar mix 3 parts sugar to 1 part ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Place it on a shallow dish and then dip the rim of the honey-dipped glass into the cinnamon sugar. This pretty rim adds just a hint of spice and sweetness.
Next, add the cider and sparkling wine to the glass. I recommend pouring the sparkling wine into the glass slowly because it tends to do what a bubbly does and bubble over quickly.
Want to get fancy? I mean if you are making this for a holiday party it would be a shame not to!
Apple Cinder Mimosa Decorating Ideas
- Slice apples width wise to reveal the star shaped seed pods. About 1/4″ thick will do. Remove the seeds with the tip of a knife. Then dip half of the sliced apple back in the creamed honey and then into the cinnamon sugar. Cut a small slit into the apple slice to allow it to hang from the cup.
- Add a cinnamon stick or two
- Slice a thin piece from a larger caramel apple and hang it from the side of the cup or lay it on top
- Use dried apple slices on the rim. Dried fruit is natures candy!
- Add a little more sweetness by drizzling some honey or caramel inside the walls of the champagne flute before adding the liquids.
Don’t have a tonne of champagne flutes in your cupboard? The grocery stores or dollar stores often carry packs of reusable plastic champagne flutes perfect for parties. And you can wash them and reuse them for your next celebration.
Can This Recipe be Made As a Non-Alcoholic Mimosa?
100% yes! You can definitely make this apple cider mimosa recipe non-alcoholic. Simply replace the sparkling wine with either a non-alcoholic wine, club soda or even ginger ale.
Making Apple Cider Mimosas for A Crowd
Having friends over or just love this recipe so much you want to drink a gallon of it? I’ve got you!
Basically, you want to add 1 part cider to 3 parts sparkling wine. So if you want to make a 1L pitcher then fill up the pitcher with 1 cup of apple cider and then 3 cups of cold Prosecco or your favourite sparkling wine or non-alcoholic substitute.
What to serve with This Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail
- Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus
- Gouda and Honey Mushroom Tarts
- Crockpot Apple Caramel Dump Cake
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whip
- Spanish Almond Cake With Berries
Thanksgiving will never be the same again now that you have a signature drink to kick off the holiday festivities.
Apple Cider Mimosas
- Measuring Cups
- Champaign Flutes
- Small Bowl
- 1 oz apple cider
- 3 oz prosecco
- 3/4 tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- honey optional
- In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, brown sugar and white sugar
- Moisten the rim of a champagne flute with apple cider or creamed honey and then gently dip rim into a small bowl of the cinnamon-sugar mixture to rim the glass
- Add 1 part apple cider to 3 parts prosecco. Serve immediately.
For the step-by-step version of this recipe, check out the How to Make Sparkling Apple Cider Mimosas Story.