If you like your mimosas extra fizzy, you may already be familiar with a Buck’s Fizz. Make it non-alcoholic, and suddenly you have a brunch mocktail perfect for any occasion where bubbles are appreciated!
What is Buck’s Fizz (The Drink, Not the Pop Group)
Why is it called a Buck’s Fizz? This cocktail is called Buck’s Fizz as a nod to the London Buck’s Club that first served the drink. A barman named Malachy McGarry is credited for coming up with the chilled champagne cocktail.
If you’re a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, you may be familiar with the English pop group Bucks Fizz. (They like leaving off the apostrophe.)
The original group broke up in the 80s after their hit “Making Your Mind Up,” but some members get together for reunion specials around the United Kingdom occasionally.
You won’t hear either version much in the United States. Your bartender is likely to get you what you’re after if you order a mimosa with a dash of orange juice vs. a proper Buck’s Fizz.
Brut and Orange Juice, So Simple
What is the difference between a mimosa and a Buck's Fizz? The difference between a mimosa and a Buck's Fizz is that a Buck's Fizz uses more sparkling wine, champagne, or prosecco.
A mimosa is typically two parts orange juice to one-part bubbles. The Buck's Fizz you'll find in any cocktail book reverses that ratio. Two parts champagne and one part orange juice means it's more potent than the typical mimosa cocktail you'll sip on at brunch, but also lower on the sugars.
The swap comes in with your dealcoholized sparkling wine for the non-alcoholic version. It's your favorite virgin mimosas with more bubbles vs. orange juice for a virgin Buck's Fizz.
Some recipes add a dash of grenadine with a spirit, but that's not a classic Buck's Fizz. (If we want to get technical, you're approaching tequila sunrise territory in that case.) The basic recipe is super simple: bubbles and orange juice.
Buck’s Fizz Recipe
The hardest part is getting the twist right with your orange peel. Limiting the juice to a splash limits your sugar intake while boosting your vitamin C.
Total time: 5 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Serving size: 6 ounces
- 4 ounces orange juice*
- 8 ounces Surely Sparkling Brut
- Orange twist for garnish
*Freshly-squeezed orange juice is always a good idea, but you’ll want to strain your juice in that case. You want to sip, not chew, this one.
Feel free to get creative with other fruit juices, too. Blood orange, pineapple, and mango juices go well at brunch or baby showers. Cranberry juice may feel festive if you’re celebrating the winter holidays or new year’s.
- Fill your champagne flute or wine glass with 2 ounces of orange juice.**
- Top with Surely Sparkling Brut.
- Garnish with an orange twist to make it fancy.
**Resist the urge to stir here. Your mocktail will be perfectly blended as you combine your juice and your bubbles. It’s the power of sparkling wine.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
- Calories: 42
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbs: 9 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Net Carbs: 9 g
- Protein: 0 g
Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Try
- White Sangria
- Kir Royale
- Virgin White Wine Spritzer
- French 75 Mocktail
- Non-Alcoholic Sangria
- Red Wine Spritzer
- Fall Inspired Sangria
Ready to make the switch to sober living?
You can have your brunch cocktails and drink ‘em too, even if you’re sober curious. Just swap the usuals with Surely non-alcoholic wine for all of the flavor, all of the fizz, and none of the buzz. Try our sparkling Brut in cans, too.