Welcome to the 21st century, where DIY projects and homemade activities seem to be all the rave. It seems like nowadays you can DIY pretty much anything, from kitchens to gardens to offices. But what about a DIY project that is a little outside the box?
If you love hosting and enjoying a cocktail every now, and then this is the guide for you. We’ve compiled everything you need to create your own mimosa bar—from decor to drinks, we’ve got you covered.
Basic Requirements for a Mimosa Bar
To create the perfect at-home mimosa bar, first, you need to know how to create the perfect mimosa. Here are the basics. All you need is:
- Champagne flute (or your favorite glass, because we don’t judge!)
- Champagne or sparkling wine
- Fruit juice or puree of your choosing
- Simple syrup
- A garnish of some sort
Amping Up Your Mimosa Bar
Here are six easy mimosa ideas to try at your next event.
- Classic Orange
- Grapefruit Rose
- Lavender Lemonade
- Mango Mint
- Pineapple Coconut
- Mixed Berry
What Is the Best Alcohol to Use?
The easy answer is champagne. More specifically, opting for a dry wine will give you that signature mimosa taste.
If you’re looking to save a dollar or two, sparkling wine functions virtually the same as champagne. You’ll still have that glorious fizz and all the fanciness of champagne without the price tag. You can take that extra coin and put it towards some extra decorations or fancy glasses for your guests—or maybe some snacks, since you are drinking, after all.
Another solid option to have on hand is flavored spirits to add a bit of extra kick to your mimosas. To really set the scene and get the party started, we recommend grabbing a flavored spirit and having fun experimenting with flavor profiles. Some of our recommendations are:
- Orange Liqueur: Used in countless cocktails like margaritas and cosmos, this flavored spirit can really ramp up the citrus tang of a classic mimosa.
- Chambord: This black raspberry liqueur is another staple for any home bar. It’s sweet, versatile, and brings a beautiful color to the table.
- Maraschino: You can’t go wrong with a classic Shirley Temple! Add some maraschino liqueur to your mimosa for an adult spin to a childhood classic.
- Melon: A unique choice to add to any mimosa bar, the melon flavoring is subtle, sweet, and can give your mimosas a unique boost.
Regardless of the flavors you choose, there are many fun options to spruce up any cocktail and keep the party going.
How Much Do You Need? Do the Math
We’ve got all the ingredients. Now what? Let’s break down everything we need to know in terms of flavor profile and inventory.
One bottle of champagne makes roughly five glasses of champagne. You don’t necessarily need to go buy ten bottles of champagne for a small event. You also want to make sure you have enough glasses to host your party, so that everyone has a glass. Plan on having an extra glass or two on hand for whoever may show up—you never know when a get-together is going to become a party!
When it comes to the drinks themselves, keeping your flavor options simple can ensure no one feels overwhelmed at your event. We recommend having at least three juice or puree options for your drinks, but we think more than that might be a bit much.
Make sure you keep in mind how many people are attending so you can plan for drinks and food for whatever the event may be. If you want to save a few bucks, have guests bring their own snacks and suggest that they bring their favorite spirits and juices to add to the mimosa bar. It’s like a pot-luck, but it makes it even better.
How to Make a Mimosa
Now’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: it’s time to make some drinks.
- Pour juice or puree
- Add champagne
- Garnish your beverage
- Don’t stir—not stirring your mimosa ensures that you still have all those delightful bubbles.
Tricks for Setting Up Your Mimosa Bar
When it comes to actually setting up your mimosa bar, there are a few key things you need to know.
It’s always a good idea to have options on hand for those who don't drink. If you are hosting, you never want your guests to feel left out. Include some non-alcoholic options for your non-alcoholic friends so that you can truly be the ultimate host!
Location Is Everything
Set up your mimosa bar in a convenient location in an area away from food and foot traffic. Your guests will be serving themselves, so it's a good idea to keep everything easy to reach and accessible.
One of the most important parts of a cocktail is keeping it chill. Mimosas are served best without ice, but they definitely need to be crisp and cold. To keep your cocktails cool, we recommend using a wine bucket and keeping it replenished throughout your event.
Plan to have enough pitchers and glasses to serve your guests—you definitely don’t want to run out in the middle of your event. That would be a major bummer.
Decorate Your Space
Aesthetics are key! Make your setup fun and inviting by adding some simple decor to spice up any setup. Choose a theme and pick up banners, confetti, and funky straws to breathe some life into the space.
Choose Clear Glass Containers
Rather than serving juice straight from the bottle, try pouring your juice into separate glass bottles and pitchers. Feel free to get creative with some labels on your jars and other decorations to add that special touch.
We recommend using clear jars so you and your guests can differentiate the juices and flavors. With all the bright colors of the juices that you’re including, the table itself will look like a piece of art.
Incorporate Personalized Decor
Another fun way to decorate your bar is to add some fresh flowers and personal details so your guests feel at home. Add some photos of friends from past get-togethers to really bring it home.
Garnishes and snacks can serve as decor, too. Include some small pastries or desserts for guests to snack on, as well as garnishes like umbrellas or straws for their mimosas and bowls of fruit that they can add in. Just because it’s edible doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful!
Get a Backdrop
Living in a rental space? Your kitchen has bare walls? No need to worry. Hanging A backdrop can brighten up any space you have—and it can be as simple as hanging up a cheap plastic tablecloth on the wall for some added spice. Your guests will be uber impressed, but you’ll know the secret of how easy it was.
Garnishes Are the Cherry on Top
Have fun and get creative with your garnishes. Make sure that your mimosa bar is stocked with fruits and other add-ons that will really make your mimosa bar feel unique. Try:
- Citrus fruits
- Edible flowers
- Various herbs like mint and rosemary
Arguably the best part of a cocktail is the freedom that comes with being creative with it.
Another fun way to garnish your drink is to include a sugaring station. This step will allow guests to add sugar to the rim of their glass and give their cocktail a little extra bit of sweetness—and make it totally Insta-ready.
Can it be?
Here at Ohza, we believe that aesthetics can make or break a party scene. Don’t want to clutter your kitchen with glasses or bottles? Lucky for you, we have convenience mastered here.
Ohza is your all-inclusive cocktail drink. We’ve taken the mess out of making your own by providing the perfect mimosa in a can. When creating an at-home mimosa bar, convenience is key, but so is deliciousness. WIth Ohza products, you get the best of both worlds. It’s super easy, and you get fun flavors like Cranberry Mimosa and Classic Bellini without worrying about mixing up your own drinks.
Relax knowing that the number of dishes you have to do just went down and your taste buds happiness went up!
DIY, Do It!
One of the most satisfying feelings is knowing that you did something yourself… and this list gives you all the tools you need to build your own perfect at-home mimosa bar. Whether you are hosting friends, family, or just celebrating on your own, building an at-home mimosa bar is easy and affordable.
Building your own mimosa bar just requires some creativity, simple decor, and some bubbly! Stock it up with sparkling wine, Ohza Mimosas, and your favorite fruits, and celebrate all the best parts of life in the comfort and convenience of your own home.