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A close up of 2 peach bellinis garnished with peach slices.

Embrace summer like a Venetian with this simple Peach Bellini recipe. Why not? You only need two ingredients and 10 minutes or less!

A close-up of 2 peach bellinis garnished with peach slices.
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Hot summer days call for drinks made with fresh, juicy seasonal peaches. This very simple Peach Bellini recipe uses sweet peaches, blended and topped with chilled Prosecco. It's a Venetian tradition that dates back almost 100 years!

Like a Tinto de Verano or a Carajillo, you only need two ingredients to make this classic cocktail. There's no added sugar and it's a great base to try your favorite flavor combinations – who doesn't love options?

While white peaches are true to the original Peach Bellini recipe, you can swap them for yellow peaches, nectarines, or even add berries to the mix. Whether you're looking for an alternative to mimosas for brunch or simply want to use up the multitude of peaches at the farmers' market, there's nothing better than a Peach Bellini! You'll find yourself wanting to make this delicious drink all peach season.

Summary
  1. What is a Bellini Cocktail?
  2. Ingredients for a Bellini Cocktail
  3. How to prepare a Bellini cocktail
  4. Ways to Garnish a Peach Bellini
  5. Bellini's variations and substitutions
  6. What to serve with a Bellini
  7. Easy cocktails, the Italian way
  8. Peach Bellini Recipe

What is a Bellini Cocktail?

The Bellini is a true Italian drink created in the 1930s at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The pairing of local white peaches with owner Giuseppe Cipriani's Italian sparkling Prosecco proved extremely popular.

The classic Peach Bellini cocktail was born, with twists like Strawberry Bellinis (Rossini) on the way. The drink gained international fame when it was brought to the New York location and we've been drinking it ever since.

A closeup of a Peach Bellini garnished with peach slices, with more peaches in the background.A closeup of a Peach Bellini garnished with peach slices, with more peaches in the background.

Ingredients for a Bellini Cocktail

A peach Bellini cocktail has only two ingredients!

  • Peaches: White peaches are traditional, but yellow peaches, donut peaches or nectarines can also be substituted. It is not necessary to peel them because the pink skin will give the cocktail a beautiful color.
  • Prosecco: Given its Italian origin, prosecco would be the natural choice, but if it's not available, use cava or champagne.

How to prepare a Bellini cocktail

To prepare a peach Bellini, you can proceed in two ways. One is to individually dose drinks as needed. Store the puree and Prosecco in the refrigerator, then add a scoop of puree to a flute or tall glass and top with the Prosecco.

A second option is batching. Peach Bellinis work well in batches (a great time saver when serving brunch or at a party). In a large jug, combine the peach puree and Prosecco. Mix gently and let guests help themselves. Here are the steps:

  • First, pit and chop six peaches.
  • Blend until smooth in a blender or food processor.
  • Portion the peach puree into glasses and complete with cold Prosecco. If you want, garnish with peach slices!
A closeup of a peach bellini garnished with peach slices.A closeup of a peach bellini garnished with peach slices.

Ways to Garnish a Peach Bellini

You can leave the cocktail without garnishing it or enrich it with something extra. Some idea:

  • Preserve fishing: A few peach slices, skewered on a cocktail stick or floating in your drink, are a nice touch.
  • Add the berries: I love a few raspberries nestled in the bottom of a drink.
  • Add herbs: Fresh tarragon or basil paired with peach slices creates a beautiful presentation as well as a pleasant aroma that complements the peach.

Bellini's variations and substitutions

Since peach season can vary from place to place and this drink relies on the flavor of ripe, in-season peaches, you can use peach nectar instead of fresh peaches. Other ideas:

  • For a frozen peach bellini: Replace the puree with a scoop of peach sorbet. I love this idea especially on a hot summer day!
  • For a pink colored drink: Blend ½ cup raspberries with peaches.
  • Exclude peaches altogether: Making a strawberry Bellini, known as a Rossini, is a must try.
  • For a Peach Bellini Mocktail: Try a non-alcoholic sparkling wine instead of prosecco. There are many alternatives on the market, but non-alcoholic Gruvi or La Gioiosa are good options for Bellini.
Prosecco poured into a glass of peach bellini with peaches and another glass of bellini in the background.Prosecco poured into a glass of peach bellini with peaches and another glass of bellini in the background.

What to serve with a Bellini

The Bellini might evoke an elaborate brunch, but I believe you can enjoy this cocktail any time of the day. For summer picnics, a fresh, crunchy salad like this Radish and Cucumber Salad or Fresh Grilled Corn Salad are my go-tos to nibble on between sips.

If you're craving something heartier, try these easy Mediterranean shrimp on focaccia pizzas. When it comes to lingering around a snack board, I'm always a fan of this delicious and easy smoked salmon dish. Paired with a pitcher of Peach Bellini cocktails and you have the makings of the perfect brunch.

Easy cocktails, the Italian way

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  • Prepare the peach puree. Blend chopped peaches until smooth, about 45 seconds.

  • Prepare the cocktail. Portion the peach puree into 6 glasses (about ¼ cup of puree per glass). Top each with chilled Prosecco. Stir gently to combine.

  • Serve. Garnish with a slice of peach (if desired) and serve immediately.

Calories: 124.1kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6GProtein: 1.5GFat: 0.4GSaturated fats: 0.03GPolyunsaturated fats: 0.1GMonounsaturated fat: 0.1GSodium: 28.2mgPotassium: 292.7mgFiber: 2.3GSugar: 14GVitamin A: 489UIC vitamin: 6.1mgSoccer: 17.2mgIron: 1mg

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