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Fruity Alcoholic Drink Recipe: Fresh Peach Bellini Cocktail

Updated on January 9, 2014

Italian Prosecco and Peach Cocktail

Italian Prosecco Peach Cocktail
Italian Prosecco Peach Cocktail | Source

Peach Bellini

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Alfredos Cocktail Recipe

In the summer, on the terrace of his wine bar overlooking a picture-book Tuscan valley, our local barman Alfredo, serves a popular fruity alcoholic drink based on the recipe of a famous Venetian cocktail - 'Bellini Cocktail'.

He's modified it a little. He likes to add a spring of fresh mint - freshly snipped from his balcony!

A classic Peach Bernini is simply made with Prosecco and ripe peaches (puréed to a 'smoothie' in a blender).

If it isn't the peach season, but you'd like to have a party with Peach Bernini cocktails anyway, then simply use peach juice from your health food store or supermarket. It tastes just as good and looks just as pretty. (When mixing your drinks, use the same quantity as fresh peach.)

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 1 glass

Ingredients

  • 1 peach, (1 part) or peach juice
  • 1 glass Prosecco, (3 parts)
  • few leaves mint

Instructions

  1. Wash a peach (white peach is classic, yellow peach is OK). Dry it and remove the stone
  2. Chop it up
  3. Pulse to a pureed pulp (with skins) in the blender until smooth
  4. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Open a bottle of Prosecco
  6. Pour a little over the peach puree, mix with a tall spoon
  7. Top the glass up with Prosecco
  8. Garnish the glass with mint and a few peach slices
  9. Serve

Italian Barman Specialty

Alfredo's Cocktail Recipe
Alfredo's Cocktail Recipe | Source

Peach Bellini

Peach Bernini
Peach Bernini | Source

All About Prosecco

Prosecco, like Champagne, is a dry, sparkling white wine. Whereas Champagne comes from the Champagne district of France, Prosecco comes from late-ripening prosecco grapes of the Veneto area of North East Italy. It's best served chilled!

(If you have an i phone you can download your Prosecco wine's particulars by scanning the bottle's label!)

Being comparatively low in alcohol (11-12%), it makes a pleasant drink for afternoon parties, especially in the heat, or an early evening aperitif among friends, or for sipping through an evening event, especially if you have to drive!

A 'Bernini Cocktail' in the International Bartenders Association list of 'Official Cocktails' is classified as a 'Long Drink' - as are, for example, a Mimosa, Piña Colada and a Tequila Sunrise (to name a few).

The nutritional values of 1 glass of Prosecco are officially these:

69 calories

1% carbohydrates

2% Iron

0.08 Protein

Harry's Bar in Venice

Harry's Bar in Venice was founded by Giuseppe Cipriani, who invented the Bellini Cocktail.

He named it the Peach 'Bellini' because of its pinky color. The white peach, according to Cipriani turned a 'Bellini pink' color when pureéd in the blender.

Bellini Painting of Young Woman in the Mirror

Young Woman in the Mirror
Young Woman in the Mirror | Source

What's the Difference between a White and Yellow Peach?

The first ripe peaches are already on market stalls in Italy mid June. Then we have peaches, peaches, peaches through the summer until September.

Classically the peach used in the Peach Bellini cocktail in Venice is made with a 'white' peach because of its color, because it is sweeter and lower in acid.

Alfredo uses a yellow peach because he says it tastes more 'peachy'; besides it doesn't bruise so easily - and why not use the many delicious yellow peaches growing on trees all around his bar?

These are the nutritional values of a medium sized (76 gram) peach:

30 calories

7 g carbohydrate

1 g sugar

140 mg potassium

8% daily value for vitamin C



Champagne Flute Glass or Cocktail Glass?

In Venice's Harry's Bar a 'Peach Bellini' Cocktail was served in a Champagne Flute because most drinks with bubbles are served in fluted glasses. It lets the bubbles rise slower.

Here in our part of Tuscany though, Alfredo prefers to serve this fruity drink in a classic cocktail glass. He claims that more space around the rim to decorate makes it all look sunny.

A sprig of just- picked mint between a few slices of peaches gives Alfredo's Peach Bellini Drink recipe a perfetto garden-fresh look - and smell.

If you make this in the winter and you have to substitute fresh peaches with bottled juice, the mint will give the impression of serving a fresh, fruity drink!


Peaches and mint garnish
Peaches and mint garnish | Source

Ordering a Cocktail in Italian

If you're on holiday in Italy you could probably order your Bellinis in English since most barmen and waiters speak this foreign dialect today, but where's the fun in that?

Here are a few essential sentences in Italian to swagger some savoir faire.

At the Bar - Dialogue

(Note about pronunciation: the ending of words in 'e' are pronounced with an ' acute)

You: Due Cocktail Bellini per favore! (Two Peach Bellinis please).

And to ask for your bill -

You: Il conto, per favore? (The bill please)

And always -

Grazie. (Thanks)

To celebrate the drink and company -

Cin cin (pronounced Chin chin)

or

Saluté (Cheers!)

Veneto Peach Bellini and also Tuscany Peach Bellini!

A
Veneto Italy:
Veneto, Italy

get directions

Where prosecco grapes are grown

B
Venice:
Venice, Italy

get directions

Harry's Bar where the Peach Bellini comes from

C
Montiano Grosseto:
Montiano, 58051 Magliano in Toscana Province of Grosseto, Italy

get directions

Local Tuscany- made Peach Bellini with yellow peaches and mint

© 2012 Penelope Hart

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    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Just, just about possible to have a fresh peach. Last ones on the fruit stands in Italy this early October.

      Thank you for your comment.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Cheers and thank you fivesenses!

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      Leena 

      5 years ago from new delhi

      Made me thirsty for a peach bellini...very informative.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Meanwhile cin cin from this lovely place! Thank you so much for your share.

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      Hillary Burton 

      5 years ago from UK

      Yes I enjoyed that - would love to be on that terrace looking at that stunning countryside.

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never had a Bellini but would love to try one. Wonderful refreshing hub! Saluté :)

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      And Ciao in Chow! Thanks for comments and I hope you'll make a Bellini over the holidays! And enjoy it, lots. Cheers.

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      Judi Brown 

      6 years ago from UK

      Oh, that Peach Bellini looks soooo good! Also, never knew that "chin, chin" was actually "cin, cin"!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Peaches are divine in the summer aren't they and when it's so hot (and humid), as it is here in Italy, it is an indulgence? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      This sounds so refreshing on this hot humid day in Minnesota. I love peach anything and this sounds so indulgent!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for votes and pin. Always a good thing! Bless x

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      Bev G 

      6 years ago from Wales, UK

      I want one too! Your recipe hubs make me hungry, thirsty and wistful - how do you do that? Up-voted. Up-pinned!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Cin cin Crystal!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I want one now! I can almost taste it!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Great pleasure Simone! Thanks so much from dropping in with so much go!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Fascinating! I'm so glad I read this Hub- someone had given me Prosecco at a party and I had no idea what it was. It's good to know!

      Thanks for sharing this gorgeous drink recipe with us.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      chrissie Prego! The skins are very tasty too - and their color is good. Thanks for stopping by.

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      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the lesson in Italian. I am amazed that you pulse the skins with the fruit...learned quite bit from this nice little hub!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Laura hi, so will you be having a bellini? Nice to hear from you thanks.

      twins, welcome home and many thanks for votes!

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      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      You had me at fruity alcohol! Such great pictures and recipes. I just got back from vacation but this made me want another vacation immediately! Up and interesting!

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      LauraGSpeaks 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I have not had a bellini in so long. Thank you for writing this wonderful hub just in time for peach season in the US too.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Wowee robie2, so pleased you want to come over to Alfredos and many many thanks for such fun comments

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      Roberta Kyle 

      6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      All I can say is that this hub made me want to hop on a plane and get myself right over to Alfredo's place. What a marvelous hub. I love everything about it down to ordering the drink in Italian-- and those pictures are wonderfu. I bet you had fun doing the research and taking them LOL-- just great. Voted up and awesome.

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