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Watermelon mimosa

This watermelon mimosa recipe is a colorful and refreshing twist on the traditional mimosa cocktail – it is made with watermelon, orange juice, sugar to taste, sparkling wine, and garnished with fresh mint.

Watermelon mimosa cocktail

One of the things I love about summer, is being able to spend more time outside. This means making refreshing summer drinks to sip on. I especially like drinks that are made with sparkling wine – champagne or cava or prosecco.

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Mimosas made with watermelon and orange juice

Watermelon mimosa

This refreshing watermelon mimosa is a twist on the classic bubbly mimosa cocktail made with watermelon, orange juice, and sparkling wine.
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Course: Brunch, Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, French, International
Keyword: Mimosas, Orange, Watermelon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 drinks


  • 1 quarter of a large watermelon peeled and cut in small pieces, about 5 cups of fruit
  • 2 cups orange juice from 6 large oranges
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne cava, prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Optional: Sugar or honey to taste based on sweetness of the fruit
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish


  • Blend the watermelon chunks with the orange juice until you have a smooth mix. Taste and add sugar/honey if needed.
  • Strain the watermelon orange mix.
  • Chill the watermelon orange mix in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the drinks. If you have time prepare and chill the juice mix overnight, then strain it again before serving. This helps prevent the mimosas from overflowing.
  • Pour the watermelon orange mix into champagne flutes, about half full.
  • Add the champagne or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid from making a bubbly mess.
  • Stir gently and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.


For a non-alcoholic version you can either leave out the champagne or replace it with a sparkling limeade/lemonade or sparkling water.


Serving: 1g

Mimosas made with watermelon and orange juice

You never know when there might be an occasion to celebrate, so just in case I always keep a bottle of champagne, or prosecco or cava, in the refrigerator. And there’s always something to celebrate: it’s Friday (or it’s Friday junior, i.e. Thursday if I’m desperate), there’s a good F1 race on the TV, etc. Of course, the number one reason to celebrate if you live in Seattle: the sun is out! Yes, when the sun comes out around here all I want to do is sit outside and have a nice refreshing celebratory drink. Something quick, refreshing and also a drink where I have the option to leave out the alcohol so that the kids can also enjoy a delicious fruity drink.

Watermelon mimosa

This watermelon orange mimosa cocktail is also a good drink to make when you have guests, it is a colorful and tasteful change from the classic mimosa (yes, sometimes I mess with the classics, sorry). You can make the watermelon orange mixture in advance and prepare the drinks when they arrive. For a non-alcoholic version you can either leave out the champagne or replace it with a sparkling limeade.

Watermelon orange mimosas

Step by step preparation photos for watermelon orange mimosa cocktails:

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Watermelon cocktail with champagne Preparing watermelon mimosas for brunch Watermelon mimosa recipe

Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy:

Chicha de piña or spiced pineapple drink

Pineapple caipirinha

Honeydew melon bellini

Quick and easy lemonade

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  1. Thanks everyone for the comments.
    Yvonne – my kids loved the non-alcoholic version, they wanted them in the same glasses and garnish included. We call thursdays “viernes chiquito” in Ecuador, or sometimes Juernes…

  2. Great idea for a summer birthday party!!!! I’ve been looking for ideas for my daughter’s 6th b-day party and SHE LOVES WATERMELON (who doesn’t?). I would use the non-alcohol version!!!
    In another note, you make me laugh!!, the way you write your comments is so funny, Fridays-Jr. in my country we call it ‘sabado chiquito’, ja!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. You make me laugh- Friday jr. Ha! I have those days too! Fro sure!
    I love the look of this recipe. PERFECT for summer brunch. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. As a watermelon afficionado, I believe that your “mimosa” is possibly the best drink recipe that I have ever seen.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us watermelon lovers.

  5. Oh that looks delicious! I’m a big fan of mimosas, but this looks like a fun twist. I will have to try it for our next outdoor soiree

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