What is a Peach Bellini?
This Peach Bellini is a decadent sweet and refreshingly good drink made with fresh pureed peaches and a sparkling wine. It is known to be a popular fruity brunch cocktail that has its origin in 1984 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy by a bartender named Giuseppe Cipriani.
But instead of naming this drink after him, he went on to name it after an Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini. Surprisingly, it was named after Bellini as the drink’s color mirrored that of the painter’s preferred warm and subdued color palette.
What is the difference between a Bellini and a Mimosa?
If you’re a fan of brunch, you probably have noticed the similarities of Bellini and Mimosa. However these two fruity cocktails are two different drinks. Mimosa is a classic morning drink made with sparkling wine or champagne and orange juice. Bellini on the other hand is somewhat cousins to Mimosa. Instead of orange juice, it’s made with peach puree. Traditionally, it’s made with Prosecco and white peaches (which are hard to find, by the way), but if you can’t find any, regular peaches would work great along with any kinds of sparkling wines.
Whether you love Mimosa’s citrusy flavor or Bellini’s sweet peach taste, you’ll have your taste buds thanking you for trying it out.
What Else Can I Add Instead of Sparkling Wine?
Prosecco, a type of sparkling wine, is what makes the Peach Bellini, traditionally. However, any type of sparkling wine, works fine and also champagne. Moreover, you can use sparkling water with a splash of lemon juice for an alcohol-free version. Others would also go for equal parts of sparkling water and soda (like 7UP). Gingerale or sparkling cider makes a great substitute too.
How Strong is a Bellini?
Oh, you don’t have to worry if you see me with a glass of this Peach Bellini as this cocktail here has a low-proof cocktail at 7% ABV or 14 proof. It’s actually no stronger than an average glass of sparkling wine.
What Food Pairing Goes Well With Peach Bellini?
Since this is a brunch cocktail, all I could think of is a good green salad to go along with this or any of the following below:
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How to Make Peach Bellini?
Making drinks is one of my favorite tasks when hosting a party since it’s so easy and fun to make. Actually, I wanted to be a bartender when I was a kid. And yes, I did had few of those cool moves while pretending to be mixing drinks. 😉
This Peach Bellini is suuuper easy to prepare. You’ll probably want to make this all-summer long to keep you cool while at home.
Serve with ice cubes. Garnish with mint and sliced peaches
- 3 medium-sized peaches , peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ⅓-½ cup (109 - 164 g) simple syrup , (recipe below)
- 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
- fresh mint , for garnishing
- extra 1-2 peaches , for garnishing
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 1 cup (237 ml) water
- In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, keep stirring until sugar has dissolved- about 5-7 minutes. Let it cool.
- Place peaches in a blender and blend until puree- remove and add to jar.
- Pour in a large pitcher, followed by lemon juice. Then add syrup to taste. Stir until everything comes together. Add sparkling wine.
- Serve with ice cubes. Garnish with mint and sliced peaches.
Tips & Notes:
- Want an alcohol-free version? Use sparkling water with a splash of lemon juice or go for equal parts of sparkling water and soda (like 7UP). Ginger ale or sparkling cider makes a great substitute too.
- You may remove or not the peach skin. Just be sure to rinse it with water before cutting.
- You may replace peach puree with store-bought peach juice or nectar.
- To make a Frozen Peach Bellini, freeze the peach puree in an ice cube tray and then add and blend them all with a little juice before you add the sparkling wine.
- You may experiment and replace the peach with other fruits like raspberries and strawberries. Or you can go for half peach and half pineapple combo for a more tropical twist.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.