Bellini (Difford’s recipe)

This Bellini cocktail is a classic Italian aperitif, made with Prosecco and peach puree. Difford's recipe adds a dash of orange bitters for a subtle twist. It's a light and refreshing cocktail with a hint of sweetness from the peach puree, and a subtle bitterness from the orange bitters. Serve in a champagne flute and enjoy this classic Italian cocktail!

Bellini (Difford’s recipe)

The Bellini cocktail is believed to have originated in Venice, Italy, during the 1930s. Specifically, it was created by Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of the iconic Harry's Bar in Venice. Inspired by the lovely pink hues of Giovanni Bellini's paintings, Cipriani sought to create a drink that captured the spirit of elegance and beauty. He used fresh white peaches, which were abundant in the region during the summer, and combined them with Prosecco, a sparkling wine produced in the neighboring region of Veneto. The resulting cocktail was named "Bellini" after the renowned Italian artist, and it quickly gained popularity among the sophisticated clientele of Harry's Bar. The drink's delicate flavor and delightful color made it a favorite choice among the fashionable visitors of Venice, including celebrities and artists. The original Bellini recipe called for ripe peaches that were peeled, pitted, and pureed to create a velvety smooth texture. The puree was then poured into a chilled flute glass and topped with Prosecco, creating a refreshing and effervescent cocktail. Over the years, the Bellini has become an iconic Italian cocktail and has spread in popularity worldwide. It has since been adapted and modified by mixologists and bartenders, with variations using different fruits and even adding a splash of liqueur. However, Giuseppe Cipriani's original recipe remains a classic and beloved rendition. Today, the Bellini is celebrated as a symbol of Italian craftsmanship and elegance, representing the timeless charm of Venice. It continues to be enjoyed in bars, restaurants, and homes around the world, reminding us of the artistic and culinary traditions of Italy.

Difficulty: Beginner



  1. SHAKE first 3 ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass charged with the prosecco.


  1. Choose the right ingredients: Use fresh, ripe white peaches for a flavorful base. Opt for a quality prosecco or champagne to complement the peach flavor.
  2. Prepare the peaches: Peel and pit the peaches before pureeing them in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Strain the puree: Pass the peach puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any chunks or fibers, resulting in a smooth texture.
  4. Chill the peach puree: Place the strained peach puree in the fridge to cool, allowing the flavors to develop.
  5. Chill the glasses: Before serving, pop the glasses in the freezer for a few minutes to ensure they are icy cold.
  6. Pour the peach puree: Divide the chilled peach puree evenly among the chilled glasses, filling each glass about one-third full.
  7. Add the prosecco: Slowly top up each glass with sparkling prosecco, pouring it gently to preserve the bubbles.
  8. Stir gently: Gently stir the mixture with a bar spoon to combine the flavors without losing carbonation.
  9. Garnish and serve: Garnish each Bellini with a fresh slice of peach or a twist of lemon zest, serve immediately, and enjoy!
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