Some days I just want to pretend I’m on vacation in a far away place, sipping on something cool to drink. I’m sure most of us sort of feel the same way, but we’re here at home, doing the best we can, trying to keep our spirits up despite all the news in the world about this virus. A good way to lighten the mood is to make a drink from a favorite location that you may have visited, or dream of visiting in the near future.
Bellinis that taste of Venice Italy are a great way to lighten things up. The Peach Bellini was created at Harry’s Bar, a hot little place frequented in the past and present by some of the most famous people, like Ernst Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock and even George Clooney. These bubbly drinks are a simple preparation starting with a peach puree, made from fresh or canned peaches, lemon juice and a touch of sugar. This fruity puree is added to a tall champagne glass and Prosecco, or sparkling wine is poured over the top to create one of the most popular cocktails in town.
I think Bellini’s make a great sipper on a Sunday afternoon, and they are especially nice for brunch at home with the family. You can always substitute the peaches for strawberries, nectarines or other fruit to make a puree, but it wouldn’t taste like the classic, but still pretty amazing.
2 peaches, peeled and sliced
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 bottle Prosecco or sparkling wine
mint for garnish, optional
- In a food processor or blender, add peaches, lemon juice and sugar. Puree until smooth. Add 1/3 cup water to thin (more if necessary until able to pour), puree until smooth.
- Spoon 1/4 of puree into each glass, top with Prosecco. Using a long spoon, stir to combine. Top with mint and serve. Enjoy!