Classic Peach Bellinis are made with peach puree and topped with prosecco. A tradition that started in Venice, Italy is now a staple cocktail (often served at brunch) that can be enjoyed by many!
What is a Bellini?
We’re stirring up a new cocktail on Inspired by Charm today: Peach Bellinis.
A peach bellini is a classic cocktail recipe that originated in Venice, Italy back in the 30s or 40s. The Bellini got its name because its unique color reminded the creator, Giuseppe Cipriani, of the colors found in one of Bellini’s (a painter) 15th-century paintings. How fun is that!?
Traditionally, Bellinis are made with white peaches, however, it’s generally acceptable to use white or yellow. While using a different peach will slightly change the color and flavor, they will still be delicious.
Since its creation almost 100 years ago, the Bellini has become a popular cocktail to serve at brunch and breakfast. I tend to think that’s because it is light and refreshing, very easy to make, and you only need four ingredients!
Putting together these Peach Bellinis is really easy and you only need a few ingredients.
- Peaches: Use peeled, ripened peaches as the base for this brunch cocktail! (If you don’t have fresh peaches, you can use frozen.)
- Lemon Juice: This adds a refreshing kiss and helps to bring out the peach flavor.
- Sugar/Simple Syrup: Depending on the sweetness of your peaches, a little sweetness is welcomed. You can get my simple syrup recipe HERE. I provided some sugar alternatives in the printable recipe card below.
- Prosecco: Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from Italy. It is traditionally used to make a Bellini.
How to Serve:
Let me walk you through the recipe. For your convenience, I’ve provided a detailed ingredients list and instructions in the printable recipe card below.
- Place the peaches, lemon juice, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth.
- Transfer the purée to a storage container.
- Place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into each champagne glass.
- Fill with cold prosecco.
- Serve immediately.
If you like the champagne glasses that I used (I don’t blame you as I love them too), you can find them HERE.
As I mentioned above, Bellinis are perfect for brunch. Here are a few recipes they pair nicely with:
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Easy Overnight Breakfast Casserole
- Spinach, Bacon, and Swiss Quiche
- Brown Sugar Baked Bacon
- Breakfast Pies
Frequently Asked Questions:
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to making a fresh peach bellini.
What’s the difference between a bellini and a mimosa?
As I explained above, a bellini is made of pureed peaches and prosecco while a mimosa is made with orange juice and champagne.
What are some good variations to the classic recipe?
One of my favorite things about cocktail mixing is that you can always add your own twist. Here are a few variations on the classic peach bellini.
- Add other fruits. To switch things up, consider mixing in some raspberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, etc. (I’ll be sharing a recipe for a raspberry peach version soon!)
- Use frozen fruit. To make a frozen version of this peach bellini, use some frozen peach chunks in place of fresh peaches.
- Use champagne/sparkling wine: While prosecco is traditional, you can use champagne, sparkling wine, or moscato.
- Make it a mocktail. Instead of prosecco, use sparkling grape juice. This way everyone can join in the celebration.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Peach Bellinis, how to make them, and tips for serving.
Next time you’re hosting breakfast, brunch, or even lunch, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.
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- 2 peeled fresh peaches - ( or 2 cups frozen peaches)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 bottle prosecco
- mint leaves
- Place the peaches, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth.
- Transfer the purée* to a storage container.
- Place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into each glass and fill with cold prosecco.
- Serve immediately.