Summer means meals on the grill, fresh fruit and veggies, and summer cocktails! One of my favorite summer drinks is the peach Bellini. Nothing says summer like the taste of a ripe peach and this cocktail captures that flavor with a fresh, frosty vibe that’s perfect for a hot summer brunch.
What is a peach Bellini?
A peach Bellini is the signature cocktail created by a bartender in Venice, Italy back sometime between 1934 and 1948. The bartender—Giuseppe Cipriani—named the drink after the painter Giovanni Bellini because the pink of the drink reminded him of the color of one of the saint’s togas in Bellini’s painting. This signature cocktail uses peaches and two different alcohols to create a sweet, soft drink that’s perfect for summer.
What alcohol is in a peach Bellini?
There are two types of alcohol in a peach Bellini—prosecco and peach schnapps. Prosecco is a type of sparkling wine that comes from Italy. It has a light and fruity taste with a complex flavor profile that pairs well with this cocktail. Peach schnapps is an intense spirit with a strong fruit flavor. As the name suggests, it tastes like peaches, which makes it the perfect alcohol for making peach Bellinis.
What if I don’t have peach schnapps?
If you don’t have peach schnapps, don’t panic! You can substitute an additional half cup of prosecco in place of peach schnapps. This will decrease the peach flavor a bit, but it’ll still taste great. Alternatively, you can substitute peach vodka in a 1:1 ratio for the schnapps.
What is the difference between a mimosa and a Bellini?
You combine orange juice and champagne—or sparkling white wine—to make a mimosa. Alternatively, you make a Bellini with peach puree, peach schnapps, and prosecco. A Bellini is slightly thicker and sweeter than a mimosa. It also has a creamier texture thanks to the pureed peach.
What’s a Bellini made of?
Bellinis are super simple to make. In fact, they only have three ingredients! You’ll need frozen peaches, prosecco, and peach schnapps to make this peach Bellini recipe. Frozen peaches (rather than fresh) give these Bellinis a nice icy chill that’s perfect for summer. Using frozen peaches in place of ice prevents the cocktail from tasting watered down and keeps it super peachy.
You make a classic peach Bellini with white peaches, which can be hard to find. Luckily, you can make your Bellini with any color of peach and it’ll still be delicious! The key is that you use ripe peaches, so they give your cocktail that signature sweetness.
How do you make a peach Bellini?
To make a peach Bellini, add all your ingredients to a blender or food processor, mix, then serve! That’s it. You can garnish your drink with mint leaves, peach slices, or even ripe berries.
How far in advance can I make a peach Bellini?
It’s important to serve your peach Bellini right after blending. This isn’t the type of drink you can make ahead of time in large batches to pull out of the fridge and serve. If you need to store the Bellini in the refrigerator for a bit, it’ll keep for up to two hours. Thankfully, this is an incredibly simple recipe to make and you can whip it up in under five minutes.
This recipe serves six, so if you don’t think you’ll need all six servings right away feel free to halve the recipe—one cup of prosecco, 1/4 cup of peach schnapps, and 3/4 cup of frozen peaches.
For more summer drink recipes:
- Cantaloupe Frozen Rosé is another frosty cocktail using frozen summer fruit.
- Pineapple Lime Virgin Margarita is great for folks who aren’t drinking alcohol, though you can definitely add tequila if you’d like.
- Pitcher Strawberry Mojitos are perfect for a crowd.
- Plus all 18+ of our summer drink recipes are here.