Recipe: Apple Cider Mimosa


Christopher Caceres, Contributor

Fall is officially upon us and with it comes pumpkin and apple season. Since pumpkins aren’t really my jam and apples are, I take full advantage of this time of year by including apples into everything I can before trees become barren. 

Mimosas are typically seen as a drink reserved for warm weather months filled with bachelorette parties and brunch. If you’ve ever had a mimosa before you’re probably thinking to yourself, a bubbly, bright, citrusy cocktail on a crisp gray afternoon isn’t on brand with duck boots and cozy sweaters — and you’d be right. But technically, this drink isn’t a mimosa. 

The internet (and my girlfriend) defines a mimosa as a cocktail made of sparkling wine and chilled citrus juice. And because apple cider isn’t a citrus beverage, it doesn’t meet the requirements. 

But since the internet also didn’t provide me with a more appropriate name for this drink, we’re just going to go with it.

Now that we’re all on the same page, cue in the “Apple Cider Mimosa,” the perfect fall twist on the classic. Whether you’re celebrating a week-free of Zoom hiccups or are just feeling particularly festive, this easy to make drink will give you another reason to celebrate autumn.

Enjoy this crisp, seasonal beverage the next time you feel like you need an escape in your living room.




1 bottle of prosecco (or champagne), chilled (serves 6)

1 bottle of apple cider, chilled

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon (could substitute with pumpkin spice seasoning) 

6 slices of apple to garnish (bounce points if you picked the apples locally)


  1. On a small plate, mix sugar and cinnamon. 
  2. Dip champagne flutes (or whatever clean glass you have on hand) in water to wet the rims.
  3. Then dip glass in cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider. 
  5. Top off with champagne.
  6. Garnish with apple slice.