These raspberry cream mimosa cocktails are a special treat! They are made with a creamy frozen raspberry granita and topped with sparkling wine. Perfect for a New Years cocktails or a refreshing summer drink, this mimosa recipe is sure to be your new favorite!
One thing we love about mimosa recipes is that they make it so easy to serve mimosas to a crowd. This one included. You can make the raspberry granita way ahead of time and then it takes literally 30 seconds to make one of these cocktails. Plus they have a fancy feel to them with the pretty champagne flutes and bubbles in your cocktail which makes your guests feel like they are sipping on something extra special.
Which of course they are…!
What is a Mimosa?
Technically, a mimosa recipe is equal parts champagne or sparkling wine mixed with a citrus juice. Orange juice being the most common.
However, a mimosa is also a term that’s loosely used to describe a cocktail made with any kind of juice and sparkling wine, which is what we do often here on Cooks with Cocktails. Debbie and I regularly drink pineapple or grapefruit mimosa cocktails or a combination of fruit juices. Some of those technically have other names:
- Cranberry juice mimosa is also called a Poinsettia
- Grapefruit juice mimosa is also called a Megmosa (which seems like a weird ass name to me!)
- Peach purée mimosa which is also called a Bellini, and is probably the most common. We have another insanely good version of a bellini here!
Getting back to the technical side of things, according to wikipedia, the Buck’s Fizz is a similar type of cocktail, which has twice as much champagne as orange juice. Which is actually how I like to pour my mimosa cocktails. I like more sparking wine than juice, but you can pour them however you like em!
How to make a Mimosa (the raspberry cream kind)
As mentioned, most mimosa recipes are just juice and sparkling wine or champagne. However, this raspberry cream mimosa recipe with granita is a little bit more involved. First you have to make the raspberry granita. Then freeze the granita which takes a few hours. Then you can scoop the granita into a champagne flute and top it off with sparkling wine.
Lets break that down a little…
How to make the Raspberry Cream Granita Recipe:
We used frozen raspberries for this, because we made this as a new years eve cocktail, but in the summer, this granita would be excellent with fresh raspberries!
- Pour a bag of frozen raspberries into a medium sized pot and heat over medium heat until the raspberries start to break down and they get all soupy.
- Add the sugar to the mix and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved then remove from the heat and let the raspberry mixture cool slightly.
- Puree the raspberries with an immersion blender or by adding them to a counter top blender. You can also use a masher if you like, but you will get more juice out of the berries if they are pureed.
- Pour the raspberry puree through a strainer into a container, preferably a glass container with a lid, that can go into the freezer. Let the mixture cool slighly.
- Add the cream to the raspberries and stir well to combine. Try your best to resist drinking the whole thing right then and there! I know your going to taste it and its gonna be so delicious. Its going to take some will power!
- Throw on the lid and place in the freezer for 4 – 6 hours or until completely frozen.
Make the Mimosa Cocktail
Once the raspberry cream granita is frozen, remove it from the freezer, scoop a nice ball of it with a spoon and add it to your champagne flute glass. Then slowly pour the bubbles over top of the granita. Try not to stir your mimosa too too much. Use a spoon to break up the cream granita at the bottom of the glass and then stir gently to combine.
- Start with a little less sugar in your raspberries and taste it as you go. Raspberries can have different levels of sweetness. Sometimes they might need more sugar and sometimes you can get away with a little less.
- Keep your bubbles well chilled. A cold mimosa cocktail is the best mimosa
- Serve mimosas in flute glasses to preserve the bubbles. Yes, there is a reason for the shape! Wine glasses also work. Here are some stemless ones or ones with stems, it just depends on whatever you prefer.
- Add the cream granita to the glass first otherwise, the glass might overflow and make a mess.
- Hold your glass at a slight tilt when you pour the sparkling wine. This preserves the bubbles!
What kind of Champagne is best for Mimosas?
Actually we recommend not using champagne at all for mimosas. It tends to be a bit more expensive and when your mixing it with juice, we feel like this is a waste! Instead go for a sparkling wine or prosecco.
Don’t pick anything too too cheap, but go for something moderately priced. We really like Yellow Tail Bubbles (white or pink) for our mimosas. It’s tasty and around $13. Plus it has a replaceable cap on it to keep the bubbles in when you only use half the bottle to start!
Another good one is La Marca Prosecco. Its delicious to drink on its own too and nicely priced.
Creamy Granita Mimosa Variations
These raspberry mimosas are amazing, but you could also try making the creamy granita with another kind of fruit. Here are some options:
- Peach purée with cream – peaches and cream, oh yum!
- Strawberry purée – strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven.
- Orange juice and cream – this would taste like an orange creamcicle.
Lets face it, pretty much any berry and cream would be good with this! And now I want to try them all!!! Blackberries and cream anyone?
Serving Mimosa’s at a Party
These mimosa cocktails would be so fun to serve at any party, but we feel like they would be extra special for:
- a girls baby shower
- a bridal shower
- mothers day
- new years eve!
How to Make a Mimosa Bar
Set up a station on a bar cart or a section of a counter for your mimosa bar. You will need an ice bucket to keep your sparkling wine chilled, another ice bucket to keep your raspberry cream granita chilled, and room for a number of champagne flutes. A spot close to the fridge/freezer is best so you can replenish your mimosa bar as your guests help themselves.
TIP: make two or three smaller containers of the raspberry granita so when one starts to get a little warm, you can change it out for a frozen one and refreeze the one that’s starting to melt.
Make a Mimosa Pitcher
This is another option. It’s easy to make a big pitcher and leave it in your fridge, however I think part of the fun of these is scooping the granita in the bottom of your glass and mixing it just perfect for how you like it. Also, some of the carbonation in the sparkling wine will dissipate if its poured into a pitcher so if you go this route, make sure to not leave the pitcher for too long.
Recommended Tools for this Mimosa Cocktail
Other Mimosa Recipes You Might Like:
- strawberry lemonade mimosa
- blood orange sparkling margarita mimosa
- grapefruit mimosa with rosemary
- holiday cranberry mimosa
If you’ve tried these raspberry mimosa cocktails then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let us know how it turned out in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
Raspberry Mimosa Cocktail
- 1 bag frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup half and half cream
- 3 bottles sparkling wine or champagne
- raspberries rolled in sugar for garnish , or just plain raspberries
- Pour a bag of frozen raspberries into a medium sized pot and heat over medium heat until the raspberries start to break down and they get all soupy.Add the sugar to the mix and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved then remove from the heat and let the raspberry mixture cool slightly.
- Puree the raspberries with an immersion blender or by adding them to a blender. You can also use a masher if you like, but you will get more juice out of the berries if they are pureed.
- Pour the raspberry puree through a strainer into a container, preferably with a lid, that can go into the freezer. Let the mixture cool slightly.
- Add the cream to the raspberries and stir well to combine. Throw on the lid and place in the freezer for 4 - 6 hours or until completely frozen.
- When you are ready to assemble your drinks, spoon a bit of frozen raspberry cream into a glass. A table spoon or two, however much you like. Then pour sparkling wine over to the top and drop in raspberry or two for garnish.