Peach Bellini

10 June 2016

Try making this classic but extremely easy cocktail made from sparkling wine and peach juice or nectar.



A Bellini cocktail is a classic mix of sparkling wine and peaches, originally from the famous Harry's Bar in Venice. 

Early recipes included a small amount of cherry or raspberry juice which gave the cocktail a pale pink tinge that reminded Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar, of a toga worn in a painting by Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini - hence the name. You can add a drop of cherry or raspberry juice for colour if you like, but it isn't necessary.

Ingredients

  • 15ml (½oz) peach liqueur (peach schnapps is good)
  • 30ml (1oz) peach juice or nectar (the thick juice now available in some supermarkets)
  • Chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine

Method

Pour the peach liqueur and peach juice into a chilled champagne flute.

Slowly top up with Prosecco - or Champagne if you’re flush.

Variations

Because white peaches are seasonal other variations were created, including Puccini (mandarin juice), Tintoretto (pomegranate juice) and Rossini (strawberry purée).

Make a non-alcoholic version with sparkling water instead of Prosecco.

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