The peach is the quintessential summer fruit. Juicy, refreshing, and best enjoyed when perfectly ripe. A classic expression of peach is the Bellini. Though you can make a Bellini with just about any fruit purée, it’s the peach that started it all – back in 1948 in Venice, Italy, in fact. Make use of all those just-ripe peaches this summer by making a batch of classic peach Bellinis!
A Classic Peach Bellini is Always a Hit
I love a Bellini as a mimosa alternative at brunch, but it can just as easily be a summery, fruity option for aperitivo or even serve as a light dessert drink after a heavy meal. Because the Prosecco is dry, all of the sweetness comes naturally from the peach purée. The sweetness is delicate and not overbearing which keeps this cocktail refreshing.
The Formula for a Perfect Bellini
Since the summer of 1948 when Giuseppe Cipriani first combined Prosecco with peach purée in Venice, the peach Bellini has become a classic. Many twists and new takes have been applied to the simple formula of the Bellini.
Prosecco + Fruit Purée = Bellini
Fruit Purée = Fruit + Sugar + Lemon Juice + Ice
Simply replacing peaches with another fruit of choice yields fruity Prosecco cocktails that are just as fun and can be made seasonal with of-the-moment produce. Apple and rosemary Bellini for the fall, anyone?
All it takes is dry Prosecco (if you’re not a purist you can certainly opt for Cava or other dry sparkling wine) and fruit purée. The purée is simple a blended and strained combination of your choice of fruit, about 1/2 a tablespoon of sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a handful of ice. The Bellini is super easy to experiment with and hard to mess up.
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A refreshing, seasonal peach Bellini for summer is a classic that always hits the mark. Slightly sweet but not overbearing, it’s perfect for brunch, aperitivo, or after dinner drinks as well.
- 2 ripe peaches, pitted and quartered
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- Prosecco (at least one bottle!)
- Optional: extra peaches to slice for garnish
- In a blender, combine the peach chunks, sugar, and lemon juice. Blend until completely smooth.
- Strain the blend through a mesh strainer to remove the peach skins and any excess chunks.
- Spoon the peach purée into a tall wine glass or champagne flute. 1-2 spoonfuls should do the trick, but it’s up to you home much you want to add!
- Top off glass with Prosecco or any other preferred sparkling wine.
- Garnish with a peach slice and enjoy!
The recipe yields enough peach purée for 6-8 bellinis, depending on how much you want to add to each glass. It’s the perfect amount for an extended family brunch at home!
Plan ahead to buy enough Prosecco if you’re planning to serve a larger group.
Keywords: wine cocktail, prosecco cocktail, peach, bellini