Bellini is a cocktail made with Prosecco and peach purée. It originated in Venice, Italy in the 1930s.
Pour peach purée into chilled glass, add sparkling wine. Stir gently.
A mocktail alternative to the drink Bellini could be a peach and sparkling water spritzer. To make it, blend fresh or frozen peach slices with a bit of water and add a touch of honey or agave syrup to sweeten. Pour the peach puree into a glass and top with sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach or a sprig of mint.
Bellini was invented in Venice, Italy, in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of Harry’s Bar.
Originally made with white peach puree and Prosecco, the Bellini has since been adapted to include a wide variety of fruit flavors.
The drink is named after 15th-century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini, whose work inspired the effervescent color of the cocktail.
The Bellini was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who would visit Harry’s Bar to enjoy the cocktail while writing.
In 2008, the Bellini was named the official cocktail of the Venice Biennale by the Biennale’s president, Paolo Baratta.