Bellini is a classic Italian cocktail first created by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, in 1948. The cocktail is named after Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini because this drink’s red color resembles a saint’s cloak in a 15th-century painting by Giovanni Bellini
Bellini has become the drink of the Sunday, especially for brunch, it has become popular in outdoor gatherings.
Fun fact: The original Bellini is made with a bit of raspberry or cherry juice to give it its unique pink color.
Bellini Cocktail Recipes
- Champagne flute
- Bar spoon (also known as a swizzle stick)
- Measuring jigger
- Zester for the orange
- 2 oz white peach purée ReplacementPeach nectar
- 4-5 oz Prosecco or Champagne Replacement: Sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version
- A splash of raspberry or cherry juice for color
- Start by pouring 2 ounces of white peach purée directly into your champagne flute.2 oz white peach purée
- Place the blunt end into the glass with your bar spoon. This will help disperse the bubbles.
- Slowly pour the Prosecco or Champagne against the bar spoon into the glass.4-5 oz Prosecco or Champagne
- Slowly pull the bar spoon above the bubbles to help blend the two liquids.
- Feel free to add Prosecco if the glass isn't complete.
- Finally, zest an orange directly over the top of the drink for garnish and added aroma.A splash of raspberry or cherry juice for color
Pro Tips for Success
- Make sure the Prosecco and the peach purée are chilled before you start.
- High-quality Prosecco and fresh peach purée can make a difference.
- Pouring against a bar spoon helps prevent bubbles from overflowing due to the sugar in the peach purée.
- Pour the Prosecco slowly to avoid frothing and to get a good blend with the purée.
Calculate Nutrition for the Drink
- Calories: Approximately 130-150
- Sugars: About 10-12 grams
- Carbs: Around 12-15 grams
- Alcohol Content: Roughly 11-13%
What is the difference between mimosas and bellinis?
|Base Alcohol||Champagne or Sparkling Wine||Prosecco|
|Fruit Element||Orange Juice||Peach Puree or Peach Nectar|
|Origin||Generally considered American/French||Italian|
|Typical Ratio||1:1 or to taste (Champagne: OJ)||2:1 or to taste (Prosecco: Peach Puree)|
|Garnish||Optional Orange Slice or Twist||Optional Peach Slice|
|Glassware||Flute or Tall Glass||Flute|
|Occasion||Brunch, Breakfast, Celebrations||Brunch, Celebrations, Italian Aperitivo|
|Color||Orange||Light Orange to Pinkish (depends on peach)|
|Variations||Can use Grapefruit Juice, etc.||Can use Peach Schnapps for added flavor|
|Flavor Profile||Citrusy, refreshing||Sweet, fruity|
What is a good Prosecco for Bellinis?
When selecting a Prosecco for a Bellini, you want to look for something light, crisp, and simple enough, as the subtleties of a high-end Prosecco could be lost when mixed with fruit puree. Here are some recommendations for Bellinis:
- La Marca Prosecco: This is a popular choice that offers a clean, refreshing taste that pairs well with the sweetness of the peach puree.
- Mionetto Prosecco Brut: This Prosecco has a lighter, crisper taste and less residual sugar, making it a good option for Bellinis.
- Zardetto Prosecco: Known for its balanced acidity and floral aromas, it’s another good candidate for your Bellini.
- Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco: It’s crisp with a touch of fruitiness but not overly sweet, making it a well-balanced choice for Bellinis.
- Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut: This one is a bit more floral but is still balanced and crisp.
- Santa Margherita Prosecco: This offers a clean and neutral canvas for the peach flavors to shine.
- Gancia Prosecco: It’s a good budget option, light with moderate acidity, providing a simple backdrop for the peach puree.
You can usually find a Prosecco for between $12 and $20 per bottle. If you’re making Bellinis for a special occasion and want to splurge, you could go for a higher-end bottle, but remember that the peach puree will be the dominant flavor.
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