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A Bellini Please!

Un Bellini Per Favore!

Mary Ann Esposito

Bellini is an internationally well-known long drink cocktail that originated in Italy. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (Prosecco) and peach puree, and is one of Italy's most popular cocktails.

According to Harry's Bar in Venice, "A true Bellini is made with pureed white peaches and Italian sparkling wine. Over time the recipe has seen more than a few variations."

The Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, head bartender at Harry's Bar. Because of its unique pink color, which reminded Cipriani of a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini, he named the drink the Bellini. Here is my sweet twist on this favorite libation.



Coarse sugar
1 cup mascarpone cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup crushed amaretti cookies
6 ripe white peaches, pitted and peeled
Prosecco wine


Wet the rims of 4 martini glasses and dip each in coarse sugar to coat the rims. Refrigerate the glasses.

Whip the mascarpone with the sugar until light and fluffy; stir in the amaretti cookies and setaside.

Puree two of the peaches in a food processor. Transfer to a spouted measuring cup and set aside.

Quarter the remaining peaches; cut into thin slices. Divide and fill each glass with some of the peach slices.

Mix the pureed peaches with the Prosecco and pour evenly over the peaches. Add a dollop of the mascarpone over the top and serve immediately.

This recipe is featured on show 1911 - All Fruit.

item recipe is featured in Episode 1911 of Season 19.

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  1. Cheryl Patterson's avatar

    Cheryl Patterson

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    I'm so excited to try these receipes on my daughter who plans to go to Italy sometime in the future. First time I've seen the show and I LOVED IT. You are a great teacher.Can't wait to learn more. Sincerly Cheryl
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    Ann Bellini

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    I thought your Recipe was for the Bellini Drink.

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