These strawberry mimosas are extra special with a hint of lime and honey for added tang, sweetness, and complexity. This fancy and fruity cocktail is a perfect choice for Mother's Day brunch or any time you want to make your weekend breakfast a bit more fabulous!
Note: this post was originally published in 2019, and updated in 2021 with new photos and improved instructions.
I love mimosas in general, and a strawberry mimosa? The stuff Sunday morning brunch dreams are made of! And, these mimosas have an even fancier flair - the addition of lime juice and honey add both an extra pop of tartness and an added layer of complex sweetness. Plus, these elegant mimosas are easy to make with only 4 ingredients (not including water)!
Do you also need a fun and fancy drink for the kids to enjoy at brunch? Try this recipe for Berry Lemonade!
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- Honey: I like using a raw honey in this recipe because it has more pronounced "honey" flavor. But, whatever you have in the cabinet will work just fine!
- Sparkling wine: I used Prosecco here, an Italian sparkling wine. It's more affordable than champagne, and since you are mixing it with the strawberry juice, it would be kind of a waste to use something super fancy anyways. I talk more about choosing a sparkling wine in the Recipe FAQs section!
- Ice water: This helps to thin out the strawberry puree into more of a juice texture so it will strain better and also mix more evenly with the sparkling wine. I say "ice water" simply to mean very cold to reduce the chilling time, no need to actually add chunks of ice!
Step by step photos
1. Rinse the strawberries, then cut the tops off. If you have giant strawberries like I did, you could cut them in half and they will blend up easier. (I was feeling lazy though and I just cut the stems off.)
2. Add the strawberries to the bowl of a food processor, or, you can also use a blender. My recommended food processor is this one from Cuisinart! (Affiliate link.) Also add in the honey, lime, and cold water.
3. Pulse the strawberries in one-second increments until smooth. This took me about 12 - 13 pulses. (Please note, by "smooth" I mean there will be no distinct chunks of berries left, but the mixture will still look pulpy.)
4. Once the strawberry mixture is blended, strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp.
This will go much, much faster if you give it some help. Otherwise the pulp tends to gather at the bottom of the strainer and it takes forever for the liquid to drain through. Just grab a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and scrape it along the bottom of the strainer as it drains.
Keep going until most of the juice is strained. Here is what it looks like as it strains, the bottom right image is where I stopped.
5. You should have about 3 ¼ cups juice when you are finished. This is the perfect amount for 1 bottle of sparkling wine if you use a 50/50 ratio of juice to wine.
Now all you have to do is let it cool in the fridge for about an hour or so, or until you are ready for your strawberry mimosas!
When you're ready to make your drink, fill your champagne flute half-way with chilled sparkling wine, and then top with the strawberry juice and enjoy the refreshment!
Tips and tricks
- You can easily customize this drink to suit your personal tastes. For example, I used the juice from 1 ½ limes and I thought this was a nice amount to balance the honey without being too tart. But, if you like more tartness, feel free to add more lime!
- Or, if you're not sure, you can always start with a smaller amount of lime, taste the finished strawberry juice, then add more at the end if you think it needs it. Same goes for the honey; if you like it more sweet, feel free to add more.
- The amount of lime and honey you may need will also depend on how ripe (or unripe!) your strawberries are. If they are not ripe, the juice won't be nearly as flavorful. Therefore, you may wish to add both more lime juice and honey to bump up the flavor a bit.
This is up to your personal tastes! I like using a brut sparkling wine, which is dry, rather than on the sweeter side; this helps balance the drink so it doesn't end up tasting overly sweet. I used a brut Prosecco from the brand Mionetto.
I would also recommend something affordable, rather than high-end, since you will be diluting it with the juice anyways! If you need some ideas, here is an article on choosing a sparkling wine for mimosas that I found helpful.
Full disclosure - I have only made this recipe with fresh strawberries, but my mother just asked me this question today so I thought I would address it!
I don't see any reason why you couldn't use frozen strawberries (that have been thawed first) for this recipe. Since you are blending them up anyways it shouldn't matter. That being said, I would avoid using the sweetened kind, unless you want to skip the honey!
Yes, definitely! You can make the strawberry juice up to 2 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge, tightly covered, until you're ready to use it.
Yes you can make a vegan version of this strawberry mimosa recipe by swapping the honey for an equal amount of agave syrup. You will also want to make sure that the sparkling wine you choose is vegan; here are some options!
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Strawberry Honey Lime Mimosas
Strawberry, honey and lime juice mixed with sparkling wine makes the most refreshing mimosa perfect for springtime!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 drinks 1x
- Category: drinks
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: American
- 2 pounds strawberries
- juice of 1 - 2 limes (see note 1)
- 1 ½ cups ice water (see note 2)
- 6 tablespoons (3 fluid ounces) honey
- 1 bottle sparkling wine (750 ml), chilled
- Extra strawberry and lime pieces for garnish (optional)
1. Cut the tops off the strawberries and place in the bowl of a food processor or blender along with the lime juice, water, and honey. Pulse in 1 second increments until smooth (there should be no distinct chunks of berries left, but the mixture will still appear pulpy).
2. Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or bowl. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to stir the liquid, scraping the pulp from the bottom of the sieve to help the juice strain. Stop when most of the liquid has drained through; there should be about 3 ¼ cups juice.
3. Cover the strawberry juice and chill it in the fridge until cold (about 45 min to 1 hour), or until ready to use (up to 2 days).
4. When ready to serve, stir the strawberry juice if needed. Fill a champagne flute ½ full with sparkling wine, then top with the strawberry juice. Garnish with pieces of strawberry and/or lime (optional).
- The amount of lime juice to add is up to your personal taste and how juicy your limes are (plus how sweet your strawberries are). I found the juice of 1 ½ limes to be a good amount (with average limes). You can always taste the juice after you strain it and stir in more lime juice if you feel like it needs more.
- By ice water, I just mean water that is very cold, you don't need to include actual chunks of ice. Using very cold water will reduce the chilling time!
- You can make this recipe vegan by substituting the honey with an equal amount of agave syrup, and choosing a vegan sparkling wine.
Keywords: mimosa, strawberry mimosa, strawberry lime mimosa