Skip the crowd at the restaurant and make this classic Mimi’s Cafe drink at home for a festive breakfast or brunch. It’s a perfect copycat recipe for their sparkling strawberry lemonade!

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About Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Mimi’s Cafe is one of my favorite places for an indulgent breakfast, and one of my all-time favorites off their menu is the Sparkling Strawberry.

It’s not a complicated drink to make – only homemade strawberry lemonade mixed with sparkling champagne – but I always looked forward to it whenever we were up early and feeling sprightly enough to go to breakfast.

Over time, it got to the point where I almost expected to enjoy a Sparkling Strawberry every weekend.

But then, a few years back, Mimi’s Cafe quietly closed half of their locations, and one of those locations just happened to be the one five minutes from our house.

I was heartbroken to say the least, especially since this particular Mimi’s was in a great location, had friendly servers, and was always packed for breakfast.

They were always packed for breakfast, but when it came to lunch and dinner, it tended to be a ghost town.

Despite how much of a bummer this was (and oh, it was – I still don’t think I’m over it) there did end up being a silver lining:

It finally gave me the motivation I needed to make my favorite drink at home, and probably for a fraction of the cost for what I paid for it at the restaurant.

I do still miss the atmosphere at Mimi’s Cafe, but when it comes to bringing the best part of the restaurant home, this copycat recipe certainly hits the mark!

How to make homemade strawberry lemonade with sparkling champagne.

What type of sparkling champagne should you use?

Originally I thought the difficult part would be to hunt down a good (and reasonably priced) sparkling champagne, but turns out it was pretty easy.

As luck would have it, I was able to track down the exact same brand that Mimi’s Cafe uses: Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut.

Freixenet sells the standard bottle size (750ml), but they also sell “individual” sized bottles (187ml) that are fun to serve at parties.

What can be used in place of champagne?

If you need to make a virgin version of this drink, it’s not hard at all.

You could remove the sparkling champagne completely and just enjoy the strawberry lemonade by itself. If the drink seems to sweet, you can always add a tad more water to dilute it a bit.

But if you’d like your drink to have the bubbles without the booze, you could use club soda or even lemon-lime soda in place of the champagne.

A refreshing summer drink for breakfast and brunch.

How to make sparkling strawberry lemonade

Step 1 – In a medium saucepan, cook water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon zest and lemon juice, then give the mixture a good stir. Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool completely, about 20 minutes. Once cooled, pour finished lemonade through a strainer to remove lemon zest.

Step 2 – While lemon mixture cools, add strawberries to a food processor and pulse it a few times until strawberries are broken down. You can either use the strawberries as-is OR you can strain the mixture to remove any excess pulp and seeds.

Step 3 – In your favorite pitcher, add cooled lemonade and pureed strawberries, then mix well. For best results, let strawberry lemonade cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Step 4 – When ready to drink, fill a class with 1/3 to 1/2 of the strawberry lemonade, then top off with some sparkling champagne.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe Details

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade! Skip the crowd at the restaurant and make this classic Mimi's Cafe drink at home for a festive breakfast or brunch. It's a perfect copycat recipe for their sparkling strawberry lemonade! | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 3 votes

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

20 mins prep + 20 mins cook + 1 hr Chill TIme
322 kcal
Yields: 4 drinks
Skip the crowd at the restaurant and make this classic Mimi's Cafe drink at home for a festive breakfast or brunch. It's a perfect copycat recipe for their sparkling strawberry lemonade!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add water and sugar and bring to a steady boil. Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Quickly add lemon zest and lemon juice, stir, and then remove from heat. Let mixture cool completely, about 20 minutes. Once cooled, pour mixture through a strainer to remove lemon zest.
  • While lemon water cools, add strawberries to a food processor and puree until smooth, about 30 seconds. If desired, strain strawberry puree through a strainer to remove seeds and thicker pulp.
  • In the pitcher of your choice, pour in the strawberries juice/puree and the lemon juice mixture, then stir to combine.
  • Place pitcher in refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. To prepare glasses: fill a glass 1/3 to 1/2 of the way with strawberry lemonade, then top off with sparkling champagne. Garnish glasses with more strawberries (optional).

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Food Network.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin C: 67.9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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13 comments

    • adriana

    This looks delicious!!! I love lemonade, I have to try it out!

    • Sirri

    Oooh I want one now!!

    • Sharon

    Omg I loooove Mimi’s Cafe too! I think the quiche lorraine is my favorite thing to get there. And their mimosas! I haven’t tried this lemonade before but I’m glad I know how to make it at home now! Pinning for this weekend!

    • Joy Generoso

    Looks like a very refreshing drink. I love lemonade but I haven’t tried making with strawberries. I will definitely try this one at home soon. 🙂

    • M

    Salivated through this entire post. I’m a sucker for strawberry lemonades!

    • Cameron

    Looks delicious!

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    • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    This sounds delicious and so refreshing!

    • Willow Moon

    This is my kind of cocktail! I wish I had the ingredients. I would love to have this tonight! Pinning for later/

    • hal

    this looks so delish for anytime but looks especially refreshing for Valentines Day!

    • Jolina

    This drink looks lovely. Perfect for today. Or everyday, just saying 🙂

    • Francesca

    This looks awesome! I’ll definitely be trying it out!

    • Marie

    So yummy! I can’t wait to try these this summer!

    • Amber

    Any variation on a mimosa is good for me! This sounds delicious!