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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Cocktail Bellini

My wife and I came to the conclusion we're in a rut. We've been drinking the same thing every weekend so we decided to explore new beverages.

The drink this weekend is a Bellini.

The Bellini is an ideal cocktail for summer. Easy to make and very refreshing. It's especially good for a Sunday brunch.
Put in a fluted glass
1/2 teaspoon raspberry puree
1 teaspoon peach puree
Fill the glass with Asti Spumante

The original recipe called for just a drop of raspberry puree, but I find that 1/2 teaspoon adds more flavor. The peaches should be white, but yellow will do if white are not available. I used frozen raspberries and frozen peaches, put them into a blender with a couple tablespoons of cranberry juice to make the puree. The cranberry juice is necessary because the blender needs some liquid in order to chop the frozen fruit.

Any sparkling wine will substitute for Asti Spumante as long as it is well-chilled.

The Bellini was created in Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy in 1943 and named in honor of the painter Giovanni Bellini.

Bottoms Up!