A round of Peach Bellinis are the loveliest brunch beverage. Made with just two ingredients (or sometimes three), these fizzy libations let you enjoy this summer fruit year-round.
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Peach Bellini Cocktail recipe
When it’s time to put brunch together, the Mimosa and the Bloody Mary come to mind.
But a third player in the game is often left on the sidelines: the Bellini.
The Peach Bellini is a peach cocktail recipe similar to the mimosa.
Mimosas are made with orange juice and champagne, and bellinis are made with peach juice and prosecco.
They’re fruity, fizzy and have just the right amount of sweetness. They are worthy of a place at your next brunch. And they’d be a perfect addition to any mimosa bar.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Sweet and fizzy, bellinis are the ultimate breakfast or brunch cocktail — especially hot summer days.
- These bubbly brunch drinks are a great alternative to mimosas.
- You can make them with fresh peaches or use store-bought juice. Either way, they’ll be delicious.
Bellinis are a great way to celebrate peach season. You can serve bellinis at brunches, parties, baby showers, backyard barbecues, wedding showers, and they even work for New Year’s Eve.
Bellini vs. mimosa
Bellinis are the Italian version of the mimosa. They’re both fizzy, fruity cocktails typically served in a champagne flute at brunch or breakfast.
However, there are a couple of key differences:
Fruit: Mimosas are champagne cocktails made with juice, but bellinis are made with puréed fruit. The classic mimosa is made with orange juice and the bellini is made with fruit purée.
Sparkling wine: Mimosas are made with champagne, a French sparkling wine. The bellini is made with prosecco, which is an Italian sparkling wine.
Tools & glassware
If you make your own peach purée, you will need a high-speed blender or a food processor.
You could also use a juice extractor to make peach juice.
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Bellini cocktails typically have only two simple ingredients, but you can add a third one for a punchier prosecco cocktail.
The key ingredient of a bellini is peach purée. You can make peach purée from fresh peaches, but you can also use both canned and frozen peaches.
Use a food processor or blender to blend the ripe peaches until a smooth purée forms, with no lumps. If it is lumpy, push it through a fine sieve.
You can also make bellinis with other flavors. Try puréeing raspberries for raspberry juice bellinis or strawberries for strawberry mimosas.
If needed, you can purchase peach juice or peach nectar at most grocery stores. Peach lemonade would also be a tasty substitute.
Prosecco is Italian sparkling white wine. It is mostly made in the Veneto region of Italy. It’s different than champagne, which must be made in the Champagne region of France.
For this cocktail to be called a bellini and not a mimosa, prosecco is the key. Technically.
But the other part of the bellini is the purée, so if you use another sparkling wine like champagne, asti or cava, don’t sweat it. Prosecco is usually mostly dry with a bit of sweetness, so aim for that when choosing a bottle.
If you want to add a little punch to your prosecco cocktail, a splash of orange liqueur adds a sweet complexity of flavor — plus a little extra booze.
For a top-shelf bellini, add 1 ounce of Grand Marnier, Cointreau or triple sec to their glass for some extra orange flavor.
You could also use splash of peach schnapps if you want a stronger peach flavor.
But if you want to keep things simple (and less expensive), skip this step.
For non-alcoholic mimosas, you can add a splash of non-alcoholic triple sec. It’s not totally necessary but adds an extra flavor layer to these refreshing drinks.
Garnishes are always optional for cocktails, but they definitely take any
Here are some suggestions for garnishing a peach bellini:
- peach slices
- fresh blackberries
- orange wedge or orange slice
- fresh raspberries
- fresh mint, thyme or basil
- maraschino cherry
Variations and substitutions
Feel free to mix up this sweet cocktail with some different variations:
Virgin Bellini: Use sparkling cider, ginger ale or sparkling lemonade to make a non-alcoholic bellini. (Follow these instructions for the virgin mimosa.)
Top-Shelf Bellini: Add 1 ounce of Grand Marnier, Cointreau or triple sec to the glass for some extra orange flavor.
White Peach Bellini: Use white peach purée instead of regular peaches.
Nectarine Bellini: Substitute the juice of fresh nectarines for the peach juice.
Mimosa Bellini: Make a hybrid cocktail using half orange juice and half peach juice. Use either champagne or prosecco.
Peach Raspberry Bellini: Add a splash of raspberry simple syrup or purée to the glass before adding the peach juice.
Peachier Peach Bellini: Add a splash of peach schnapps for a stronger peach flavor.
How to make a Peach Bellini
Putting together this peach bellini recipe is super simple. That’s the best part!
- First pour a little purée into a champagne glass.
- Add a splash of orange liqueur if you’d like.
- Then top with chilled prosecco, slowly.
Tips & tricks
Be sure to chill your prosecco ahead of time.
In the summer, make purée from fresh peaches for the peachiest flavor. If peaches aren’t in season, you can use peach nectar or make purée from either frozen or canned peaches.
Pour the peach juice and triple sec first, then top with prosecco.
What to serve with bellinis
Bellinis are the perfect brunch cocktail.
Or enjoy them with appetizers like some tangy peach salsa and your favorite tortilla chips.
Peach bellinis also work with dessert. You can try then with baked peaches with goat cheese or a fresh homemade peach cobbler.
While both sparkling wine cocktails, mimosas and bellinis are different. Mimosas are made with champagne, a French sparkling wine. Bellinis are made with prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. Additionally, mimosas are typically made with orange juice while bellinis are made with peach purée.
Bellinis are a cocktail made with either peach purée or peach nectar plus prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine.
Peach bellinis have a sweet peach flavor. They are made with peach purée or peach nectar, made with real peaches.
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- 2 ounces peach purée or peach nectar
- 1 ounce triple sec or other orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier, optional
- 3 ounces prosecco
- Add the peach nectar and triple sec to a champagne flute.
- Slowly, pour in prosecco. Allow the bubbles to dissipate and add more prosecco if needed.
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