I’m not exactly the love expert, but my cousin needed advice for his first dinner with his crush. My brilliant suggestion? The Bellini cocktail. When it comes to crafting a romantic atmosphere for a date night, the Bellini is my top pick.
Easy Bellini recipe
The Bellini drink comes from Venice, Italy. It was said that the one who invented the drink was inspired by the beautiful paintings of Giovanni Bellini, a Venetian Renaissance artist. He named the cocktail “Bellini” due to its similar pinkish color to the artist’s works.
With its effervescent Prosecco and the sweet embrace of white peach puree, I think it’s a drink that speaks the language of love. The color, the taste, everything is perfect for a romantic date. This peach cocktail is one of the most popular fruity cocktails.
You can enjoy this Italian drink as a pre-dinner drink or during brunch, thanks to its light and fruity nature. The cocktail’s sweetness pairs well with a variety of dishes, from light appetizers to seafood to fruity desserts, making it a versatile choice for different occasions.
Here is how to make a Bellini cocktail:
Classic Bellini Cocktail
- 2 ripe white peaches (you can use yellow peaches) or 1 cup of white peach puree
- 1 bottle of chilled Prosecco 750 ml
- Ice cubes optional
- Peel, pit, and puree the white peaches using a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Spoon 2 tablespoons of peach puree into the bottom of a chilled champagne flute.
- Slowly pour the chilled Prosecco into the flute, over the peach puree. The ratio is typically 1 part peach puree to 2 parts Prosecco.
- If desired, gently stir the mixture to combine the peach puree and Prosecco. Be careful not to stir too vigorously to maintain the effervescence.
- Optionally, add ice cubes to the glass for extra chill, and enjoy it.
Bellini Cocktail variations
While the original Bellini remains a favorite, there are many different types of Bellini cocktails to suit different tastes. Some people experiment with different fruit purees to add a twist to the traditional recipe.
- Fruity Bellini: Instead of using peaches, you can create other flavors with other fruity purees. They can be berries (strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blueberries), mango, citrus (oranges, grapefruits, and a hint of lemon juice), lychee, and passionfruit.
- Frozen Bellini: In this version, you can blend peach purée, ice, and Prosecco to create a frozen version.
- Bellini Martini: For a stronger version, you can turn the Bellini into a martini by adding a splash of peach schnapps or vodka. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.
- Mocktail Bellini: Alternatively, you can also create a non-alcoholic version by substituting the Prosecco with sparkling water or ginger ale. The peach flavor still shines through, making it a refreshing option for those who prefer not to consume alcohol.