Like any good bellini recipe, this one from the iconic River Café keep it simple: peaches, lemon, sugar, and Prosecco.
- 1 1/2 pounds very ripe white peaches (about 6)
- 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon (or more) sugar
- 1 750-ml bottle chilled Prosecco
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Using the tip of a paring knife, make two 1" cuts on the bottom of each peach, forming an X. Add peaches to water and cook just until skin begins to peel back at each X, 30–40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches to a large bowl of ice water; let cool. Peel peaches. (Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler with a serrated blade to peel peaches)
Halve peaches; discard pits. Chop fruit; transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. sugar; toss to evenly coat. Press plastic wrap against peaches to prevent discoloration. Chill for 20 minutes.
Transfer peach mixture to a blender. Purée until smooth. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Season to taste with more lemon juice or sugar (if adding more sugar, be sure to stir until it dissolves). Add Prosecco, then stir slowly to blend (stirring gently will prevent Prosecco from foaming up). Gently divide Bellini among Champagne glasses.
Nutritional Content7 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 10 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 0Reviews Section
Made with fresh white peach purée and chilled Prosecco, the Bellini is a well-known cocktail that originated in Venice, Italy in the early 1900s.
The Bellini is believed to have been invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Harry’s Bar founder Giuseppe Cipriani came up with the name because the drink’s color reminded him of a painting by 15th-Century artist Giovanni Bellini.
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The brunchtime staple was a favorite of Hemingway, Capote, and Orson Welles. Here's how to make it.
part fresh white peach purée
A Bellini is a Mimosa with something to prove. Instead of tart orange juice, it pairs sweet white peach purée with sweet sparkling vino for a bubbly fruit drink that is, yes, sweet. You&rsquoll most commonly find it on the brunch menu with a simple recipe: two parts Prosecco, one part peach. And while it's light on the booze, it goes down very easily, so watch how many times your champagne flute gets a top-off.
A Little Background
The Bellini is Italian through and through. It was created in Italy, where the white peaches grow plentifully and the Prosecco pours nonstop, all the way back in the summer of 1948. At Harry&rsquos Bar in Venice, bar owner Giuseppe Cipriani tinkered with white peach purée and sweet Prosecco until he landed on his two-to-one ratio. His son Arrigo wrote about the cocktail&rsquos invention in a book, and also explained its name: Giuseppe looked to 15th Century Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini, who often used a pinkish hue in his often-biblical masterpieces. That pink tint made it into the drink. These days, you can buy the Cipriani&rsquos own take on Bellini purée base.
On a side note, Arrigo said Harry&rsquos was frequented by writers like Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Orson Welles, and in 2001, it became an official Venetian landmark. We&rsquore sure it&rsquos a lovely sight sitting next to the canals, and that many an interesting conversation were had there, perhaps even over Bellinis. But Harry&rsquos contribution to 21st Century brunch culture cannot be understated.
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The obvious sister cocktail to the Bellini is the Mimosa: brut champagne and orange juice, and you&rsquore on your way. Really, the easiest way to make a drink like a Bellini is pick the fruit juice you like best and add sparkling wine to it. With strawberry purée, you get a Rossini with pomegranate juice you get a Tintoretto. Other recipes substitute peach purée with peach schnapps, for extra zip. The champagne cocktail genre is rife with other options, some that&rsquoll keep you buzzing along and some that will knock you flat. Brunch happily.
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To make this cocktail into a popsicle, we&rsquore essentially just going to make the recipe as usual and then dump it into a popsicles mold. We&rsquore going for classic and EASY here, okay?
Alternatively, you could also make the frozen version and then pour that into the molds. This is a great way to store any leftovers that you might have (and you&rsquoll be so thankful later when you remember that they&rsquore in the freezer!).
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Whether you are wanting to add a little oomph for a weekend morning brunch, or just need a refreshing frozen drink to cool you down on a hot summer day, this bellini recipe should be a top contender.
With frozen peaches, vodka, and a splash of ginger ale, and then given a quick blend. Freeze into long ice cubes and then place in a champagne flute and pour your favorite prosecco or champagne on top, and sip.
I am all about easy and delicious cocktail recipes. Champagne flute glasses always feel a little fancy, too. When you add in the long ice cubes that are frozen peaches and vodka, it does the impossible and makes something that was already basically perfect, even better.
What Is A Bellini?
Bellini&rsquos are made with a peach puree and blend of alcohol. I love drinking bellini&rsquos when it is that time of year when fresh peaches are available at the store. You get an incredibly sweet drink that will leave you dreaming of one more sip.
What&rsquos The Difference Between A Bellini and a Mimosa?
Many confuse a mimosa and Bellini. While they are similar, the most significant differences is a mimosa (try my Dirty Shirley Mimosa ) is made with orange juice that is stirred with champagne or sparkling wine. Bellini&rsquos use a peach puree instead of the orange juice. Both are delicious.
Other ideas for prosecco
My go-to prosecco drink is this bellini recipe. Prosecco always is an excellent base for a Bellini. You are welcome to use champagne in replace if you want more bubbles to your drink, or prefer the champagne flavor.
Need more ideas for prosecco? I&rsquove got a lot of great recipes to choose from.
Making The Perfect Frozen Peach Bellini
- Start With Frozen Peaches | Frozen peaches are essential. They are going to give the best texture to your ice cubes. Peaches are frozen at there price so they will be extremely sweet and refreshing.
- Quality Alchohol | Quality is vital when it comes to alcohol. You want a quality vodka and prosecco or champagne. It will offer a smoother drink instead of one with a sharp bite.
- Long Ice Cubes | Invest in some long ice cube trays, they will make your champagne flute look stunning but also hold up longer and slowly melt as you sip away. If you can&rsquot find them, you can use regular ice cubes to replace it.
How Can I Make This Peach Bellini Alcohol Free
If you want to make a few of these that are alcohol-free, it can be done. What you will do is leave the vodka out of the frozen ice cubes. And then instead of champagne or prosecco, you will use a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
Top with some fresh mint or frozen peaches and serve.
Craving More Boozy Cocktails
Let me share some other cocktails you might consider adding to your menu. I am all about refreshing, smooth, and thirst-quenching cocktails that anyone can make.
- Frozen Mojito | Here is another chilled cocktail that will be a treat. You get the tang from the lime and the mellow from the mint, paired with rum.
- Pineapple Prosecco Cocktail | This prosecco cocktail is a beach-worthy cocktail. The pineapple offers such a bold and incredible tropical flavor.
- Tropical Rum Punch | Who can pass up a good punch? When you add an alcohol twist, this tropical punch becomes the highlight of the night. Fruity, refreshing and makes you feel like you are sitting on a beach.
Can I Make Frozen Bellinis Ahead of Time
Yes. You can whip up the ice cube portion and keep them in your freezer ready to go. Then as you are ready to serve them, drop an ice cube into the glass, and top with your alcohol. I do not recommend pouring champagne or prosecco over the ice cube ahead of time because it will begin to break down, and the champagne will lose the bubbles fast.
If you love peach and alcohol, this is a go-to recipe to try. We made a batch of these over the weekend while entertaining with friends, and let&rsquos just say they were gone in a hurry. Everyone loved and raved about the fresh and vibrant flavors in this cool cocktail.
Why is this Easy Peach Bellini Cocktail good for you?
There is a very limited number of ingredients in this Easy Peach Bellini Cocktail, and so today we will focus on the beauty that is called “Peach”. Peaches originated in China a little over 8000 years ago. They are related to plums, cherries, apricots, and almonds. Basically, you have a pit around which a beautiful fruit grows. The pit (or stone) is also, technically, edible. Peaches are rich in vitamin C, A, E, K, potassium, copper, and manganese. Both vitamin C, and E, are antioxidants in and on themselves, but peaches also contain other beneficial plant compounds that combat oxidative damage. Interestingly, fresh and canned peaches appear to contain similar amounts of vitamin and mineral levels, as long as they both contain the peel. However, the antioxidant levels are definitely higher in the fresh variety when compared.
Peaches are also a great source of fiber. They contain both the soluble and the insoluble kind. Soluble fiber is, in essence, a great feeding ground for your beneficial gut bacteria. When soluble fiber gets to the intestine, these beneficial gut bacteria turn it into short-chain fatty acids which feed the cells of your gut. Short-chain fatty acids have been shown to potentially improve inflammation in the gut, as well as symptoms of digestive disorders.
There is some evidence that suggests that peaches are great at lowering cholesterol levels. In test-tube studies, it was found that peaches bind to bile acid, essentially a compound that is produced from our livers as part of cholesterol. This bound bile acid, including the cholesterol it contains, is then eliminated through the colon. More studies need to be conducted in order to provide further insight into Peaches’ potential role in lowering cholesterol. Remember – a reduction in “bad” cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels is always beneficial for our overall heart health.
How can I adjust this Easy Peach Bellini Cocktail to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free, and vegan. Technically alcohol cannot be enjoyed as part of the paleo diet, but you could replace the champagne with sparkling water.
And there you have it for this week! I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, summery cocktail. If you are craving more peach in your life right now – give my Peach Galette a go. If you are in need for more summery drinks, why not try my super refreshing Summer Day Lemonade. As always, please let me know how you are liking the recipe, by commenting and/or giving it some starts below. Happy Cocktail mixing 🤗!!
2. Strawberry Bellini
Strawberries already make a great edition to a glass of prosecco, so why not try them in a Bellini? While traditional Bellinis call for peaches, this spruced up Bellini showcases the sweetness of strawberries in the most delicious way. With a bit of strabwerry puree and a glass of prosecco, you'll be cheersing the Bellini way.
- Strawberry puree
- Strawberry wedge
- Stir sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat for about five minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
- Using a blender, blend frozen strawberries with sugar syrup.
- Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Discard seeds if needed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Refrigerate puree for one day.
- Pour 2-4 tablespoons of strawberry puree into a champagne flute. Slowly pour the prosecco/champagne to fill the flute.
- 1 1/2 cups peach concentrate, chilled*
- 4 bottles (750 ml bottle) sparkling cider such as Martinelli's, chilled
- 48 raspberries**
- *If you cannot find peach concentrate or purée, buy frozen peaches and purée.
- **Raspberries are generally sold in either 1/2-pint or 6-ounce packages you'll need more than one 1/2 pint or one package for this recipe.