Bellini is a boozy crowd-pleaser featuring sparkling Prosecco and white peach purée.
As a quick fix for any summer fiesta, the Bellini cocktail is one of the ABCs of mixology. Soaking up vitamin D on a lazy summer weekend or hosting a sumptuous brunch? The fizzy drink’s versatility is there to catch you.
The cocktail is one of the most requested concoctions at bars and clubs, making it an IBA Official Cocktail. It was first invented in Venice, Italy in the 20th century, and it is named after a 15th-century Venetian artist.
Here’s everything you need to know about the sparkling Italian cocktail.
As peaches were in abundance throughout Italian summers, Giuseppe created Mimosa’s sibling by adding Prosecco to white peach purée.
Word about the refreshing drink quickly spread to grand metropolises like Paris and New York. The iconic Henry’s Bar was frequented by international guests like Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart and Truman Capote.
Hall of fame
The protagonist, jaded and dissolute journalist Jeff Atman expects to see a lot of art, crash a lot of parties, and down a bunch of Bellinis.
The book made the buzzed Bellini’s inebriation sound so delish that every time you’ll read the book, you’d want a Bellini.
What’s in it?
Brewing a sparkling Bellini is quicker than one would think. The whole point of making (and drinking) the Italian concoction is that it is easy. Here are the main ingredients:
Bellini is a great brunch staple as it is a low-proof cocktail. On average, Bellini’s alcohol content is just 8% ABV.
How it’s served
The classic Bellini is presented straight up in a fluted glass with no ice.
Since the Bellini is not your average on the rocks drink, it’s important for the Prosecco to be freshly taken out of the fridge. To up the chill factor, the puree should be refrigerated before being added to the boozy concoction.
Whether it’s for summer brunch or a pre-dinner party, there’s room for a version of Bellini that suits your taste.
From pineapple and strawberry to orange and mango, you can use any fruit for the puree in the hunt for your desired mellow twist.
Mouth-watering alternatives include The Apricot Bellini.
For those who want a mocktail version of the recipe, this deliciously booze-free Bellini made with apricot nectar, sparkling grape juice, crushed ice and fresh mint is an instant hit.
If you’re looking for something to cool down with, this Rosemary Infused Frozen Peach Bellini is a match made in heaven.
The added rosemary truly elevates the flavor – so consider this your go-to summer drink.
For a non-alcoholic version, add sparkling water instead of sparkling wine.
Do it yourself
Making a standard version of Bellini is a fairly easy task.
While a fresh purée is always recommended, you can of course opt for a store-bought one.
Place the peach purée in the champagne flute and top it off with half a glass of Prosecco. Use a slice of peach for a co-ord garnish – or contrast it with raspberry toppings.
Bellini is much-loved for its light fruity flavor. Sweet, sour, and sparkling, this Italian drink is a crowd-pleaser no matter the occasion.