Bellini Cocktail Recipe: Make It Like an Italian
For those of you who love to indulge in a slow-sipping sweet cocktail, in the comfort of your own home, you’ve come to the right place. And if you also love to be creative with cocktails in your kitchen, this article will be right up your street. We have put together a tasty peach Bellini cocktail recipe for you to try and share with friends. We are pretty confident that after tasting your friends may even tell you that ‘you make it like an Italian!’ You can thank us later.
What Is A Bellini Cocktail?
If you have never heard of a Bellini cocktail, you may not be forgiven! This famous Italian cocktail made its first introduction to humanity between 1934 and 1948 and has blessed us with its presence for many years after. The drink was invented by an Italian bar owner called Guiseppe Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This cocktail has a distinctive pink color that reminded Guiseppe Cipriani of a fifteenth-century painting of the toga of a saint by Giovanni Bellini, a Venetian artist.
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So ‘What’s in a bellini?’ I hear you ask. The main components within this delightful cocktail are peaches and Prosecco. Fresh white or yellow peaches, peach puree and peach nectar can all be used when creating a bellini cocktail. The main difference with peach nectar is that sugar and lemon juice has been added into the mix to strengthen the flavor. Traditionally bellinis are served in a bellini glass that looks not to different to a small highball glass or a stemless champagne flute.
In an attempt to step away from tradition, in recent times, creative cocktail connoisseurs have played around with a wide variety of ingredients and it is now common to find other yummy Bellini components. Examples include: coconut and vanilla bellinis, peach and orange, gooseberry and ginger as well as blueberry bellinis. It’s not just the fruit that can be substituted. Prosecco has also been known to be substituted with brandy, rum or even cognac.
How To Make A Bellini
Regardless of the variety, it takes only a few minutes to make and can be served without ice. Now sticking with a more classic process, here is a simple peach bellini cocktail recipe. So, grab hold of a champagne glass and a bar spoon and let’s begin.
- A bottle of champagne
- White peach puree
- One ripe orange
- Start off with two ounces of the white peach puree. Measure it out and pour it directly into the champagne glass.
- Next, open your bottle of champagne and suspend the bar spoon above the champagne glass while you gently pour your champagne. Allow the champagne to pour on the bar spoon and into the champagne glass. Please note that the bar spoon should be turned upside down so that the handle faces the champagne glass. Doing so will help to disperse the bubbles so that you do not end up a big foamy mess that will spill over your table.
- Slowly pour the champagne over the bar spoon and allow the drink to fall into the glass. The bar spoon should be held inside the champagne glass when pouring. However, be sure that it does not touch the inside of the champagne glass. It is easier to avoid making a mess that way. Now, as the liquid rises in the glass, keep lifting the bar spoon so that it is suspended right above the champagne bubbles.
- Once done, turn over your bar spoon and slowly stir your mixture so that the two liquids emulsify smoothly. You should be seeing a beautiful peachy color by now.
- Next up, peel off a generous section of your ripe orange and gently squeeze out some of the nectar in the orange peel over the mixture. Voila! Your Bellini is done and ready. This is a simple Peach Bellini cocktail recipe that you can make in the comfort of your home within minutes.
Alternatively, you can use one large ripe peach fruit that has been refrigerated in addition to the champagne or any wine of your choice. Make sure that you refrigerate the peach for at least one hour. You can also add one teaspoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of sugar. The riper your peach is, the sweeter it will taste and, therefore, you may not need the sugar.
In this case, carefully peel the peach and remove the pit as it is not needed. Then cut it into pieces and place them in a blender.
Once done, add your lemon juice and sugar and blend the mixture. When your puree is nice and ready, pour it out into two different glasses. One glass will not be enough to contain the puree.
Next, get your bottle of any wine of your choice and top up your puree with it. Stir gently if you want to. Save a couple of slices of the peach and use them to decorate the glass when you are done. You can leave the peels on these slices if you want. There you have it. It is that simple. Now treat yourself.
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In conclusion, you don’t need to be Italian to make the best Bellini cocktail. It is simple and easy to make, and you are free to get as creative as you want. Commonly this cocktail is served as a firm favorite at brunch and baby showers but rest assured it can be served at any festive gathering and at any time of the day. It has also proved itself to be a great seasonal favorite on a summer afternoon or early evening as it makes use of seasonal fruits. You can also prepare it for that special someone on a romantic date. You can also try using non-alcoholic wine when preparing it for your family after dinner as it also makes for a refreshing dessert after a meal.