Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosa”

Because when one can’t enjoy a mimosa, you might as well enjoy a fall-themed “faux-mosa!”

These Apple Cinnamon "Faux-mosas" are the perfect mocktail for fall.

Yes, I’m counting down the days until I can consume the real deal again, but until then I’ll have to say I’ve been pretty darn good at coming up with tasty alternatives – like this Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosa!”

It may be because this season is always met with so much anticipation, but it seems like every year once September or October rolls around I get the urge to make some sort of fall-themed mimosa. In fact, this exact same week last year I made this delicious Harvest Mimosa featuring pear, apple AND brandy, and you can bet it’s one of the first things on my list to make once Baby D arrives in just a few short weeks!

So here’s the deal with this Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosa”: My primary complaint about most virgin mimosa recipes is they either taste (a) too sweet from an overload of juices (both sparkling and still) or (b) the sweetness problem is overcompensated by using club soda to add bubbles, but then the drink tastes incredibly watered down.

Well, I’m proud to say this Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosa” solves both those problems!

An Apple Cinnamon "Faux-mosa" with tons of flavor - and perfectly acceptable for breakfast!

It took a bit of trial and error, but I tasted through a couple of brands of sparkling apple cider and found one that isn’t too sweet. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t write down the brand and discarded the bottle, but I highly suggest you make your own decision on this anyhow as the perfect “faux-mosa” is largely a matter of personal taste anyway.

You’ll also be adding some still apple cider on top of the sparkling apple juice, which tends to be a bit more concentrated. Plus, if you get your hands on a high-quality brand such as Trader Joe’s Honeycrisp Apple Cider, you’ll get tons more flavor in every sip.

Finally, an Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosa” just wouldn’t be a “faux-mosa” without a hint of orange juice. I mean, we need to make this drink acceptable for breakfast, don’t we?

Looking for a festive fall-themed nonalcoholic drink? These Apple Cinnamon "Faux-mosas" are the answer!

I don’t know what your plans are for this weekend, but we have some big ones (shhhh….it’s a surprise – I’ll fill you all in on Monday!) so some Apple Cinnamon “Faux-mosas” are definitely in my very near future.

Cheers to a relaxing weekend that I hope is filled with all the fall-themed things!

Apple Cinnamon "Faux-mosa"
Prep Time
5 mins

This virgin take on the mimosa features tons of apple-cinnamon flavor - perfect for kids, drinkers and non-drinkers alike!

Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 4 ounces sparkling apple cider
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Apple slice, for garnish
  1. Pour both apple ciders and orange juice into a champagne flute. Top with a dash of cinnamon and garnish with an apple slice.

Harvest Mimosa

Because isn’t it absolutely necessary to have a mimosa for every season?

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I certainly think so, and if you’re not in the same boat, well, maybe you should stop right here. This Harvest Mimosa is life-changing and the only way you’ll want to “mimosa” every weekend from here until New Year’s Day. And yes, I did just turn the word “mimosa” into a verb because it’s most definitely a thing.

Here’s the deal: I consider myself a mimosa expert (I’ve had lots of practice) and take great pride in attaining the perfect sparkling wine to orange juice ratio (see below.) However, when the fall and winter months roll around, I find myself craving something just a little more festive and out of the ordinary. There’s so much to celebrate at this time of year, one just cannot settle for a regular ol’ mimosa!

Harvest Mimosa |

Last year around this time, I shared my OG “spooky” sparkling wine cocktail, the Lychee Lightening, so it’s about time I hit you with another great seasonal bubbly drink that can not only ALSO be enjoyed for Halloween, but Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and every occasion (special or not) in between.

We are, in fact, in a celebratory mode this weekend. We’re headed to the hubs’ parent’s house for a family barbecue, where I’ll get to meet a lot of the extended family that couldn’t make it to our wedding. It’s an open house of sorts, a time to casually get to know and catch up with those we haven’t gotten to yet. The wedding was such a whirlwind and went by so quickly, if any of you are getting married soon I HIGHLY recommend planning some “extracurricular” activities shortly after the big day (even if it’s not the same weekend) to really have the opportunity to spend time with everyone. Definitely do not count on getting to do so at the big event, because it’s over in an instant and you are “on” from sunrise ‘til the stroke of midnight. Trust me.

We’re also celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday this weekend, which makes it even more of a worthy occasion for us to enjoy some Harvest Mimosas. My MIL loves her sparkling wine and is always asking me for my latest and greatest recipes. I’m positive that she’s going to LOVE this one, which means we better make a run to the store and stock up on the bubbly.

Harvest Mimosa |

So enough about me and what I’m up to this weekend, let’s get down to the real business at hand: why YOU are going to love this Harvest Mimosa just as much as I do.

First things first, we’re making a fresh pear puree laced with vanilla and cinnamon. The thing I love about pears is that (when ripe) they’re soft and juicy enough to just puree in a blender and run through a sieve. No need for a fancy juicer (which I don’t even have.) I went for fresh pear puree, although a pear nectar/juice would work just fine. You’ll just want to add in a hint of cinnamon to get the real “harvest-y” flavor that’s key in this drink.

After we have our pear puree, we simply place a dollop in the bottom of a champagne flute and add apple cider and brandy (we’re celebrating, aren’t we?) Then, we slowly and carefully top everything with sparkling wine (the pear puree tends to make the sparkling wine extremely fizzy and you don’t want an overflow on your hands!) If you’re feeling really adventurous (and love cinnamon) I highly recommend rimming the flute with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. (It looks so pretty too!) Just use a little extra apple cider to get the cinnamon-sugar to stick on the rim.

That’s it! Super easy, huh? This Harvest Mimosa literally tastes like fall in a glass. It transports you to every apple-picking, pumpkin patch adventure you’ve ever been on, without even leaving your house. It’s cinnamon-y, fruity, and has just the right amount of kick to warm you from the inside out.

Harvest Mimosa |

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’m even going to wait until 5 o’clock to make this one…

Happy Friday friends! I hope you have a great weekend!

Harvest Mimosa

10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A delicious, fall take on the mimosa with cinnamon-vanilla pear puree, apple cider and brandy.


    For the pear puree (this will give you about 2 cups puree total):
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled and cored
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    For the Harvest Mimosa:
  • 2 ounces pear puree
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine


    To make the pear puree:
  1. Cut pears into chunks and place in blender with cinnamon and vanilla. Blend on high until a smooth puree forms.
    To make the Harvest Mimosa:
  1. Place 2 ounces of pear puree in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add brandy and apple cider, then slowly pour in the sparkling wine. Really take your time with adding the sparkling wine. If you pour too fast, it will bubble up and overflow!


Note: If you’d like to rim the glass with cinnamon-sugar, combine equal amounts ground cinnamon and sugar on a small plate (you’ll probably only need a couple of teaspoons of each.) Pour about 2 teaspoons of apple cider onto a separate small plate. Before mixing your drink, dip the rim of the flute in the apple cider, and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa

We’ve made it to Friday so we deserve a celebration!

Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa | CaliGirl Cooking

Is anyone else as ecstatic as I am? This week was a busy one with lots of visitors, and we’re turning right back around and heading up to the Bay Area for the weekend to celebrate Easter with our families (amongst other things.) I love being busy and seeing all of our close friends and families and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but sometimes it’s hard to catch a breath! I know this is just the beginning, though. Our social butterfly life is only going to get more intense as we get closer and closer to the wedding. I can’t believe our Big Day is just over four months away! Eek!

I think the only logical way we’re going to make it through the foreseeable future is with mimosas. Lots and lots of mimosas. I love just about any kind of mimosa (or sparkling wine in general for that matter, as long as it’s not too sweet) but we’re really kicking it up a notch today with Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosas!!!

Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa | CaliGirl Cooking

That’s right folks. I mean, it’s only logical that, if we’re going to be consuming our fair share of the world’s favorite brunch drink (sorry Bloody Mary lovers, I just can’t hang with you), we should add some healthy, good-for-you kombucha for that extra jolt of energy and probiotic boost that will make these TOTALLY worth our while.

I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely LOVE TheBu Kombucha(as I so clearly demonstrated in this Tropical Rum Runner.) Even better, it’s a local brand brewed practically in my own backyard.  I was itching to make some sort of Easter-themed mimosa to share with you all, so when I was enjoying myself a big frosty bottle of TheBu Tangerine Kombucha the other day, the light bulb went off in my head! Using TheBu also solves the problem of adding a little bit of fun flavor to our sparkling wine without making it overly sweet. It’s got just the right hint of tangerine, but still has the little fermented kick that you get with all kombuchas. Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that and had to dip into our ever-growing collection of flavored vodkas that the future hubs gets through work, just to add a little something else that really makes this drink scream “spring!” Belvedere Peach Vodka to the rescue!

Confession: I really wasn’t sure about this flavored vodka addition at first. To be honest, I had to be convinced. I thought the sparkling wine combined with the kombucha would need just a little touch of sweetness (from juice, a liqueur, etc.) to make this truly taste like a “mimosa,” but boy was I wrong! I’m so glad I listened to my better half and went for the flavored vodka. It adds JUST the right amount of peach flavor to this drink to give it more of a three-dimensional, floral, spring-like character. So much better than everything else I was trying to do with it. Thanks babe!

Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa | CaliGirl Cooking

You know you don’t have to ask me if these are going to be on the menu for Easter brunch this weekend (if you do, we must be complete strangers :P) but my question for you is: Are they going to be on YOUR Easter brunch menu? You’ll do yourself a solid by making it happen.

Or, if super-delicious, refreshing, energizing Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosas don’t sound like your jam, feel free to check out any number of my other delicious cocktail creations (see Exhibits A, B & C.) There’s bound to be something there you’ll like!

Now, don’t mind me while I run to Whole Foods and stock up on my tangerine TheBu Kombucha. Happy Easter everyone!

Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa | CaliGirl Cooking

Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A refreshing twist on the classic Mimosa utilizing kombucha and peach-flavored vodka. The perfect drink for spring!


  • ½ ounce peach-flavored vodka (I highly recommend Belvedere)
  • 2 ounces chilled TheBu Kombucha Tangerine flavor
  • 4 ounces chilled sparkling wine (our house favorite is Segura Viudas)


  1. Combine all ingredients in the above order in a champagne flute. Serve immediately.
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