By Emma Laperruque | August 3, 2012

Photo: a_beyer

Traditionally, bellinis were prepared with champagne and pureed peaches. Today, they’re often made with any sparkling wine and any variety of fruits. Either way, a bellini is a bright, refreshing cocktail that all but screams summer in its delicate champagne flute. Here, the sweetness of pears combines with the sharpness of ginger to create a near-addictive twist on this increasingly popular drink. Add a splash of vodka and it will become all the more admired. (Or leave as is if you want to swap out the ol’ mimosa at brunch.)

Ginger Pear Bellini

Servings: 6
Calories: 96 per serving


Ginger simple syrup
  • 6 inches fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ginger simple syrup
  • 2 large pears cored, pureed and well chilled
  • 6 ounces SKYY vodka
  • 1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine


1. Combine the ginger, sugar, and water together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Cover and let rest for a half hour. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Combine 1/2 cup ginger simple syrup and pureed pears. Refrigerate this mixture until ready to make drinks.

3. In each glass, add a spoonful of the ginger-pear mixture, then an ounce of vodka. Fill with champagne and repeat as needed.

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