These apple cider mimosas with a caramel and cinnamon sugar rim taste like fall in a glass. For autumn brunch or events like bridal showers or weddings, mimosas are always the perfect drink choice. They only require two ingredients so it keeps things simple if you have a big group or if you’re busy actually making food for brunch. You can also adjust the amount of alcohol easily to your preference.
If you also want to make these as mocktails it’s easy to do by swapping out your sparkling wine for non alcoholic sparkling wine or ginger beer. You’ll still have a delicious sparkling beverage with fall flavors.
Apple cider vs apple juice
While both beverages are made from apples, you have probably noticed that they taste quite different. Once reason for this is the process of making cider vs. juice. Apple juice is filtered with all of the solids removed as well as pasteurized. If you’ve ever noticed the bits on the bottom of your fresh jug of apple cider that’s because the pulp and sediment is not all filtered out in the process. Other differences may vary depending on where it is made but for me, there’s nothing better than fresh apple cider from the farm in autumn.
What to add to the rim
Adding a tasty rim to a cocktail really enhanced the flavor and the fun of the drink. With a sweeter drink you will usually want a sweet rim like sugar. The caramel sauce goes perfectly with the fresh apple cider and helps to stick the sugar and cinnamon to the rim.
Sparkling wine, Champagne or Prosecco?
This is really a matter of preference. I used a sparkling wine that comes in a can so that I wouldn’t have to open a whole bottle. I also prefer a dry wine in this mimosa because the apple cider is already sweet.
Other ingredients you could add
If you want a boozier drink you could try adding a spirit like gin, vodka, or bourbon. The type of spirit that you choose will change the flavor. I would recommend only adding about 1 oz of a spirit of your choice.
Adding syrups like cinnamon or vanilla could be a great addition to this cocktail as well.
Apple Cider Mimosa
- 3 oz apple cider
- 2 oz sparkling white wine
- 1 teaspoon caramel
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add caramel to a plate.
- Add sugar and cinnamon to a plate and mix together.
- Dip the rim of a champagne flute into the caramel, then roll around in the sugar and cinnamon mixture until caramel is covered.
- Add the apple cider to prepared champagne flute.
- Top with sparkling white wine.