Drink Recipe:: Bellini

by Negronis Greg

Today, we're talking about one of my favorite brunch drinks, the Bellini. The Bellini was invented in Venice, Italy, in the 1940s. The drink was named after the Italian Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini, who was known for his soft, glowing colors, which inspired the drink's pink hue. The original recipe called for Prosecco and white peach puree, but today, you can find variations that use other fruits such as strawberries or raspberries.



Ingredients & Instructions

To make a classic Bellini, you'll need Prosecco and white peach puree. If you can't find white peach puree, you can also use fresh white peaches and blend them until smooth. 

  • 2 ounces peach puree
  • 4 ounces Prosecco 
  • Peach slice, for garnish (optional)


To make the drink, pour about 2 ounces of peach puree into a champagne flute and top it off with Prosecco. Stir gently and serve.

  1. Chill a flute glass.
  2. In a blender, combine the peach puree and Prosecco.
  3. Pour the mixture into the chilled flute glass.
  4. Garnish with a peach slice, if desired.


Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh, ripe peaches for the best flavor.
  • If you don't have a blender, you can mash the peaches with a fork or potato masher.
  • You can adjust the ratio of peach puree to Prosecco to your liking.
  • If you want to make a non-alcoholic Bellini, you can use sparkling water instead of Prosecco.


Best Places to Try

While you can find Bellinis on brunch menus all over the world, there are a few places that are known for making them best. Harry's Bar in Venice, where the drink was invented, is still a popular spot for Bellinis. In the US, Cipriani's in New York City is known for their delicious Bellinis, made with fresh white peach puree. As someone who loves a good brunch, the Bellini is one of my go-to drinks. It's light, refreshing, and perfect for sipping on a lazy Sunday morning. I love the combination of the sweet peach flavor with the bubbles from the Prosecco. Plus, the drink looks beautiful in a champagne flute, which always adds to the brunch experience.



When it comes to pairing food with a Bellini, I like to keep it light and fresh. The drink goes well with eggs Benedict or a fruit salad. It's also a great drink to pair with pastries such as croissants or scones.


In Summary

Overall, the Bellini is a classic brunch drink that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're sipping on one at Harry's Bar in Venice or making your own at home, you can't go wrong with this sweet and bubbly cocktail.

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