Bellini cocktail

This is atributed to Giuseppi Cipriani, a bartender at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. A favorite of Ernest Hemingway and Noel Coward, it was inspired by a painting in the 1943 exhibition by Bellini.

Bellini’s are the perfect choice for a cocktail party when you want to create an air if sophistication.

Better yet this is a perfect recipe for parties as the puree can be made in advance and it becomes a simple cocktail to prepare to order and in quantity.


  • Peaches for fresh peach juice
  • Dry sparkling wine or champagne
  • Fresh peach wedges for garnish
  • Lemon juice


  • Glass: flute
  • Blender
  • Pan
  • Bowl with ice


  1. Fill bowl with ice and fill with water to cover.
  2. Fill pan with water and place on heat.
  3. Bring water to boil.
  4. Place peaches into boiling water for about a minute.
  5. Remove peaches.
  6. Submerge peaches in ice water.
  7. Peel peaches and remove pit.
  8. Place peaches in blender.
  9. Add a touch of lemon juice.
  10. Puree.
  11. Fill a flute a quarter of the way with peach puree.
  12. Finish with sparkling wine/champagne.
  13. Stir.

What you should know

Make puree with peaches in season and freeze for summer.

Re: Bellini

These were a big hit at our last cocktail party. Delicious.

Thanks for the suggestion about making a large batch of peach puree in advance. That was a big help. Everyone loved the cocktail which made for the prefect starter. I met every guest with a glass as they came in the door which set a perfect tone for the evening.

Re: Bellini