Bellini – an Italian classic, with a South African twist

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A real classic, this Bellini cocktail was invented in 1948, in Harry’s Bar in Venice. As the story goes, Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar, was inspired by the 15th century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. The pink drink reminded him of the color of a saint's toga in a painting by Italian Renaissance artist, so Cipriani named the cocktail in honor of the painter.

Where some cocktails can leave you confused about what you’re actually drinking, this Bellini is a combination of pure peach puree and sparkling wine. We’re using the Miss Molly Bubbly for its delicate flavor. It matches the sweetness of the peach perfectly, without overpowering, and creates deliciously soft sweet cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chilled ripe peaches, peeled and stone removed
  • a chilled bottle Miss Molly Bubbly

To serve: champagne glasses

Directions:

Add the peaches to your OmniBlend, and blend on low to a smooth puree.

Add a tablespoon of the puree to a champagne glass and poor the the Miss Molly on top, while stirring slowly. You should ideally have one third peach purée to two thirds Miss Molly.

Elegant, scented and gently sparkling, a good bellini is a fine drink. This cocktail would certainly do well on a special occasion breakfast, or you could serve as a pre-dinner drink.