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Happy Hour: The Classic Bellini

If you have yet to consume a bellini this peach season, drop everything you are doing and run to the nearest grocery store or high-end watering hole. Bellinis are one of my favorite things about summer — the fresh white peach puree mixed with sparkling Italian Prosecco makes for a tasty, fabulous cocktail. Oozing with chicness, this drink is simple to make and a nice alternative to a mimosa. It's the perfect Friday afternoon cocktail and a great way to treat yourself and the gals after a long week. If you don't have Prosecco substitute your favorite sparkling wine or Champagne. To see how easy they are to make,


Bellini
Modified from
Food Network

6 white peaches, (about 1 pound, 8 ounces), peeled, halved, and pitted
1/2 cup superfine sugar, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup water
1 bottle Prosecco (750 ml or 3 1/3 cups), chilled

  1. Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Puree the peaches and in a blender with the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Pour about a 1/8th of the peach mixture into the prepared glass and top off with Prosecco. Stir gently and serve.

Serves 8.

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DCStar DCStar 8 years
I've always adored bellinis, being introduced to them by my grandmother at a young age, imagine my horror at ordering one in Texas (my mistake!) and getting a FROZEN beverage! Apparently in Houston, the norm for bellinis is a frozen version of the lovely champagne cocktail we're so fond of up north.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
I saw Giada make these and wanted one ever since! Yum!
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Make you want more than a little
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
Yummy!!
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
I didnt think Bellinis were going to be as good as mimosas, I was SO wrong! Too good.
sweeti4672 sweeti4672 8 years
I went to Romano's Macaroni Grill this past Wednesday and had an Ultimate Bellini. It's your normal bellini with a twist of raspberry syrup. Yummers!
laurafox laurafox 8 years
OH, how I love Bellini's, particularly the ones at The Venetian's spa in Las Vegas!
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
yum yum yum!!!! the only think i love more than peaches...is peach bellinis.
crystallyn crystallyn 8 years
I've always loved Bellinis. You can buy peach juice or puree, no need to do it up yourself. Adding sugar seems strange to me but I suppose if you are using fresh peaches it makes sense. Here's the original Bellini recipe from Harry's Bar in Venice, which is WAY easier: One third fresh peach juice and two thirds chilled Prosecco sparkling wine. Make sure to pour the peach juice into the glass first.
llendril llendril 8 years
yum. this sounds way more delicious and elegant than a mimosa.
galaxypark83 galaxypark83 8 years
Where do you think the best one is???? Besides, Venice, Italy of course?
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
That sounds absolutely delicious.
rothchild rothchild 8 years
my mouth is watering for one of these...so good and refreshing...
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I've always wanted one of these!
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