If you’re looking for a peachy, fruity, incredible drink, the Bellini might be exactly what you’ve been craving. This tasty Italian cocktail contains only two ingredients; fresh peach puree and a little bit of Prosecco. Although it’s only two ingredients, they have a sophisticated flavor and charm that’s equal parts refreshing and bold.
They are also spectacular for brunches or weekend celebrations, and since they are so simple to make, you won’t have to worry about being away from your guests for very long. Although Mimosas tend to get a lot of the credit for being the best brunch beverage, this fizzy cocktail is a great alternative that allows the Prosecco to truly shine and gives you a fresh fruit flavor, unlike orange juice.
Keep It High Quality
One word of caution, though; you want to make sure that your ingredients are truly top-of-the-line. If you use store-bought peach nectar or peach liqueur, like schnapps, your drink might have a manufactured taste. That’s why peach puree is the way to go. It stops your drink from being overly sweet and gives it that fresh summery taste that you crave.
If you don’t have fresh peaches on hand, you can use frozen ones as well. The versatility of using fresh or frozen allows you to enjoy this drink any time of the year.
Using Fresh Peaches
Although traditionally, these drinks are made with white peaches, you can also use yellow ones. The real key is making sure that they’re fresh. Peel your peaches for the best puree by slicing off the skin with a knife or vegetable peeler. Failing to do this will make your puree grainy. You can also use the boiled water trick illustrated below.
- Score each peach with an “x” on the bottom
- Boil water
- Put your peaches in the water for 20 seconds each, then put them immediately into ice water
- The skin should slide right off along the “x”
Using Frozen Peaches
If you can’t get your hands on fresh peaches, frozen ones work fine. Just make sure that they’re high-quality and free of freezer burn.
Allow your peaches to defrost before blending them fully. Many people find frozen peaches to be a great alternative to fresh ones.
Tips and Tricks
The peach puree will keep for five days if refrigerated so that you can make it in advance. To keep the integrity of the Prosecco, don’t pour it in until the last minute. If you have the leftover puree, you can make a non-alcoholic beverage with club soda or enjoy it with ice cream or Greek yogurt.
These cocktails are an excellent, elegant addition to brunch or a fun weekend away. They’re the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer and one of the easiest drinks to make.