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.

Twisted Tropical Blender

Do you know what today is?

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Today is the day that I bring you this delicious, (mostly) healthy, Twisted Tropical Blender that will both transport you to a white sand beach and make you feel like you’re partying in The French Quarter at the same time. We’ve got a multi-layer, brightly hued, refreshing beverage that is a party in your mouth yet isn’t overly sugary/artificially sweetened like our favorite classic Tiki drinks (i.e. Lava Flows, Pina Coladas, Blue Hawaii’s, etc. etc. ) Twisted Tropical Blenders come with great taste and leave you with a happy waist! You see what I did there?

But do you know what else today is? You guessed it: April Fools! I’m pulling a fast one on ya and for the first time ever I’m posting a more-than-delicious beverage, on a Friday, that doesn’t. even. contain. alcohol. That’s right folks.

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, the fiancé and I have been trying to be more conscious of what we eat and drink in these last few months leading up to the wedding, which includes cutting back on the “Oh I’ll have a glass of wine when I get home from work because it was a ROUGH day” mindset. We’re by no means going on a “diet,” because we’re not really into that stuff (balance baby!), however we’re trying to be a little more conscious and ease up just a leeetle bit on our favorite things that aren’t necessarily the best for us (I’m talking to you, cheese and booze.)

So, needless to say, we’ve been experimenting in the tasty non-alcoholic beverage department a little more than usual lately. You already know that we’re a big fan of smoothies in our household (can’t turn down a Power Protein Smoothie or a Date “Shake”!) so with this Twisted Tropical Blender I aimed for a middle-ground between nutritious smoothie and festive Tiki drink. And what says “festive Tiki drink” more than a couple of brightly hued, fruity layers poured into a glass that clearly shows them off?

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Okay, let me get down to the nitty gritty. As much as this Twisted Tropical Blender looks like it MUST have some sort of artificial dye to give it this coloring, let me assure you that it absolutely does not. Yes, that’s right. These bright colors all come directly from the fruits themselves. Fancy that!

The bottom layer is where we indulge just a teensy tiny bit (see mention of balance two paragraphs up ⇑⇑.) We combine vanilla ice cream (although I totally wouldn’t be opposed to the use of frozen yogurt), frozen blueberries and almond milk and voila! We have a tasty blue concoction that would make even the Smurfs jealous.

Next up, we combine frozen mango, pineapple juice and more almond milk to provide the more frosty and less creamy top layer. Because the bottom layer has a bit more density to it due to the ice cream, the mango-pineapple layer floats nicely on top without too much blending going on….Picture perfect!

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Of course, this recipe is completely customizable, so feel free to mix and match whichever frozen fruits and juices you prefer! Just keep in mind that, if you’re looking for a more visual presentation, you’ll want to pick fruits that have highly contrasting colors to really give this Twisted Tropical Blender that “pop!”

What do you think? Are you ready to try this out on a FRIDAY night? If you can’t give up your Happy Hour just yet, this is also perfectly acceptable for breakfast.

What are some of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage options? Got any good virgin cocktail recipes to share with me?

Hope everyone has a fabulous, healthy, fun-filled weekend!

Twisted Tropical Blender

Yield: Makes one blender

A fun, healthy and refreshing blended drink with vitamin-loaded blueberry, mango and pineapple.


    For the bottom blueberry layer:
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    For the top mango-pineapple layer:
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


  1. Combine all ingredients for the blueberry layer in a high-powered blender. Puree until ingredients are of smoothie consistency. Pour into a glass.
  2. Rinse out the blender and then add all ingredients for the mango-pineapple layer. Puree once again until all ingredients are of smoothie consistency. Gently pour on top of blueberry layer in glass.
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Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

It’s Friday and it’s Tiki time!