Ready for some summer entertaining? Whether it’s brunch or drinks on the deck, a fruity cocktail can add flavor and flair to your event. Why not take advantage of one of the great fruits of summer, and make a sweet and tasty Peach Bellini?
A Peach Bellini is a cocktail made from pureed peaches and, traditionally, Prosecco, though other sparkling wines can be substituted. And if your guests include kids, it can easily be made non-alcoholic by topping the peach mixture with 7-up or fizzy water.
I served my first Peach Bellini for Mother’s Day brunch this year. The traditional brunch mimosa was starting to feel tired—plus I was facing a tub of frozen peaches from last year. It was fun to greet my guests with a rosy fresh drink and start the event with cheer!
If you can get organic peaches, they may be worth the investment. Peaches rank #4 on the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen. You don’t even need to peel them—the bright skins add beautiful color to the drink.
I do include a little sweetener (maple syrup for me) in my Peach Bellini recipe. Something I recently realized is that sweeteners, in small quantities, can actually act as a flavor enhancer, similarly to salt. But feel free to reduce or eliminate this if you need (or prefer) to restrict sugar.
- • 6 peaches
- • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup or sugar
- • 1/3 cup juice or water (for blending)
- • 1 bottle Prosecco or other sparkling wine (use 7-up or fizzy water for kids)
- Puree peaches, juice and sugar in a blender or food processor.
- Pour into a champagne glass to 1/3 to ½ full, then top with Proscecco. Stir and serve.
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