Made with sweet fresh peach puree and prosecco, this Peach Bellini is a sweet, yet crisp cocktail that is incredibly simple to prepare and has a jaw-dropping presentation.
This classic Italian cocktail is often reserved for holiday celebrations, but this easy bellini recipe comes together so effortlessly, I believe it is worthy to enjoy year-round and is especially delightful when made with fresh peaches.
Bellini's are one of my most favorite cocktails. In fact, as much as I love a mimosa, I will ALWAYS opt for a bellini when given the option.
Wondering what's the difference between a mimosa and a bellini?
A mimosa is classically made with orange juice and champagne and a bellini is made with peach puree and prosecco. A bellini is a tad thicker, almost creamy, and a bit sweeter in my opinion.
2 Key Ingredients
- Peach Puree: The peach puree is what makes me swoon for bellinis. It is simply made with peaches, lemon juice, and sugar. I have seen some recipes that use peach nectar instead of the fresh puree. But if you want the BEST bellini recipe, only peach puree will do.
- Prosecco: Because bellinis are an Italian cocktail, they classically use prosecco instead of champagne. The difference between the two sparkling wines is subtle, and therefore feel free to interchange if desired.
How to Make a Bellini
The process for making bellinis are incredibly simple. First, make the peach puree and then assemble and serve. But there are a few simple tips to keep in mind that will help you make the BEST Bellinis.
Prepare the Peach Puree
The peach puree comes together super quickly and you can be made with either fresh peaches or defrosted peach slices. I love preparing this cocktail during peach season when the peaches are super ripe, sweet, and juicy for the best flavor, but frozen peaches work well when peaches are not in season.
There is no need to peel the peaches, as the mixture will be strained, so I simply dice up washed peaches and place into a blender along with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and a bit of water. Pro-Tip: Mix the sugar with the lemon juice and hot water to dissolve the sugar BEFORE adding the blender.
It is absolutely CRUCIAL to strain the puree, even if you do use peeled peaches. That way any solids will be discarded and the bellini will be smooth and creamy. No one wants lumps in a cocktail!
Once prepared, refrigerate the puree until chilled. In fact, you can refrigerate the peach puree for up to 5 days before preparing Bellinis, if you want to get a jump start on preparation. This is super smart to do when entertaining or serving these cocktails at parties.
To serve bellinis, place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into a champagne flute and then top with chilled prosecco. Gently stir to combine and serve immediately.
When to Serve
I love to serve Bellinis in place of mimosas at brunch. They are delicious when paired with a Breakfast Casserole, Quiche, or French Toast Casserole. However, these cocktails also make a perfect beverage for a cocktail party served alongside Antipasto Skewers, Bacon Wrapped Dates, and Bruschetta.
- 3 cups sliced peaches 3-4 medium peaches
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 (750ml) bottle prosecco sparkling wine chilled
- In a small bowl, whisk together the water, lemon juice, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and then pour into a blender.
- Wash and dry fresh peaches and dice into large chunks and add to the blender.
- Blend until smooth and then pour the puree over a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl, to remove any solids. Refrigerate the puree until fully chilled, or for up to 5 days.
- To prepare the bellini, place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into a champagne glass and top with the prosecco. Gently stir and then serve immediately