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Bellini

Bellini champagne cocktail in crystal glass on blue wooden table

The Bellini is an excellent choice if you are seeking a light and tasty beverage. Any occasion calls for a special cocktail, and this sparkling wine and peach puree concoction is sure to deliver. This beverage captures the essence of Italy in a glass; it’s more than just a drink. I adore bringing Bellinis to parties since they are sure to put a grin on everyone’s face.

Tasting Notes

The Bellini is like a peachy sunrise in a glass. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, with a fizzy kick from the sparkling wine. You’ll taste the juicy peaches first, followed by the crisp, refreshing bubbles that make every sip exciting. It’s the kind of drink that makes you feel fancy and relaxed at the same time.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Bellini, you don’t need a lot of fancy tools. Just grab a blender for the peach puree and a spoon for mixing. As for glassware, a tall champagne flute is perfect. It makes the drink look elegant and helps mix the peach and bubbles just right.

Ingredients

  • Chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • Peach purée (fresh or frozen peaches blended, peach nectar, or white peach purée)
  • Fresh peach slice (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  • Take a champagne flute and pour chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine into it, filling the glass about halfway.
  • Add a spoonful of peach purée gently into the glass.
  • Using a spoon, stir the contents gently to ensure the peach purée mixes well with the sparkling wine.
  • For an extra touch, if desired, garnish the Bellini with a slice of fresh peach.
  • Adjust the amount of peach purée according to your taste preferences, allowing for variations in sweetness or fruitiness in your Bellini. You can also explore different types of sparkling wine or consider adding a splash of Aperol or seltzer to create unique twists on the classic Bellini recipe.
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Pro Tips

  • Use fresh peaches for the best flavor. If peaches aren’t in season, peach juice works too, but the fresh ones are the real deal.
  • Chill your sparkling wine and glasses before making the drink to keep it extra refreshing.
  • Pour the sparkling wine slowly to keep the fizz.

When to Serve

Bellinis are perfect for brunch, celebrations, or any time you want to add a touch of luxury to your day. They’re especially great for spring and summer gatherings when peaches are in season.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Bellini, go for a good quality Prosecco. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive one, but a mid-range Prosecco will make your Bellini taste amazing.

Similar Cocktails

  • Mimosa – Swap the peach puree for orange juice.
  • Kir Royale – Use crème de cassis instead of peach puree.
  • Aperol Spritz – A mix of Aperol, sparkling wine, and soda water.
  • French 75 – Made with gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • Sangria – A fruity wine punch with chopped fruit.

History

The Bellini was created in Venice, Italy, by a bartender named Giuseppe Cipriani in the 1940s. He named it after the Italian painter Giovanni Bellini because the drink’s pink color reminded him of one of the artist’s paintings. It quickly became a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

FAQs

  • Can I make it non-alcoholic?
    Yes, just use sparkling water or a non-alcoholic sparkling wine instead of Prosecco.
  • What if I can’t find fresh peaches?
    Peach nectar or canned peaches in syrup (drained and blended) are good substitutes.
  • How do I make a big batch?
    Mix the peach puree and sparkling wine in a pitcher. Pour it into glasses when you’re ready to serve.
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So, next time you’re looking for a drink that’s a bit fancy, refreshing, and full of flavor, remember the Bellini. It’s a classic for a reason and perfect for making any moment a little more special. Cheers!

Bellini champagne cocktail in crystal glass on blue wooden table

Bellini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • Peach purée (fresh or frozen peaches blended, peach nectar, or white peach purée)
  • Fresh peach slice (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Take a champagne flute and pour chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine into it, filling the glass about halfway.
  2. Add a spoonful of peach purée gently into the glass.
  3. Using a spoon, stir the contents gently to ensure the peach purée mixes well with the sparkling wine.
  4. For an extra touch, if desired, garnish the Bellini with a slice of fresh peach.
  5. Adjust the amount of peach purée according to your taste preferences, allowing for variations in sweetness or fruitiness in your Bellini. You can also explore different types of sparkling wine or consider adding a splash of Aperol or seltzer to create unique twists on the classic Bellini recipe.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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