The Bellini Cocktail, created in 1948 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, is a delightful concoction of Prosecco and peach puree. It is a super light, refreshing and fruity drink that is great any time of the year, but is perfect for summertime sipping. It has become a popular favorite for brunch and parties, and it is very easy to make.
The history of the Bellini cocktail is a fascinating one. According to legend, the drink was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice. He named the drink after the 15th-century Italian painter Giovanni Bellini, whose works often featured beautiful, ripe peaches.
The original recipe for the Bellini called for one part Prosecco and one part white peach puree. The puree was made by blending fresh white peaches with a little sugar and lemon juice. Today, you can find ready-made peach purees in many stores, but making your own is a great way to get the best flavor.
Making a Bellini at home is easy and fun. The first thing you’ll need is some good quality Prosecco; you can use either dry or semi-dry Prosecco, depending on your preference. Dry Prosecco will give the drink a crisp, tart flavor, while semi-dry Prosecco will make it a bit sweeter.
Once you have your Prosecco, you’ll need peach puree, which you can either buy or make pretty easily. If you are going to make your own you will simply blend peeled and pitted white peaches with a little sugar and lemon juice. You can also use canned or frozen peaches, but fresh peaches will give the best flavor.
When you’re ready to mix your drink, fill a champagne flute with two parts Prosecco and one part peach puree. Give it a gentle stir and add a few ice cubes if desired. You can also garnish the drink with a slice of peach or a sprig of mint.
The Bellini cocktail is a delightful and refreshing drink that is perfect for summer. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just want a delicious drink to enjoy on your own, the Bellini is a great choice. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Recipe for a Bellini Cocktail
-2 parts dry or semi-dry Prosecco
-1 part white peach puree (homemade or store-bought)
-Ice cubes (optional)
-Garnish (slice of peach or sprig of mint)
- Fill a champagne flute with two parts Prosecco and one part peach puree.
- Give it a gentle stir and add a few ice cubes if desired.
- Garnish with a slice of peach or a sprig of mint.
There you have it! This bellini is likely to replace that mimosa you enjoy with brunch. Let us know how your bellini’s turn out!
Looking for other beverage ideas? Check out these great wine based beverage recipes.