By admin | February 10, 2012

Photo: Reese Lloyd

Looking for just the right cocktail for Valentine’s Day? Then look no further than this Raspberry Bellini. The Bellini goes back to the 1930′s in one of the most romantic cities in the world- Venice, Italy (quite fitting, don’t you think?).

It was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice where he combined the traditional Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco, with a peach puree. The drink’s pink color reminded Cipriani of the pink toga worn by a saint in a 15th-Century painting by Venetian artist, Giovanni Bellini- hence the name.

In this recipe, we also add raspberry puree and a dash of grenadine to give it a rich red tint- perfect for Valentine’s Day. A rich red romantic sparkling wine cocktail from one of the most romantic cities in the world…What’s not to love?

Raspberry Bellini Recipe

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients:
8 oz Prosecco or dry sparkling wine
4 oz Pureed peach (about 2 peaches)
4 oz Pureed raspberry (about 1 cup raspberries)
2 dashes grenadine

Method:

  1. Pour 2 ounces of peach puree at the bottom of each champagne flute.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of raspberry puree on top and a dash of grenadine.
  3. Gently pour Prosecco to fill each glass.
  4. Gently stir to combine.

*For additional sweetness, rim glass with sugar prior to making the cocktail or garnish with raspberries on the rim.

Photo: ReeseCLloyd 

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