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Bellinis Two Ways – Classic Peach and Rosemary Plum

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Break out the bubbly! You’re just a few ingredients away from sipping a festive beverage with this recipe for sparkling Bellinis two ways – the classic version with Prosecco and peach puree, and a fun variant with plum and a sprig of rosemary.

Classic peach bellini | The essential sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco and lightly-sweetened peach puree.

Hands down, one of the greatest things about living in Brussels is its central location and the incredible ease of travel to many other European capitals. In July, I took the train with my son to Paris to visit a friend from college. It is seriously so easy to do this – 90 minutes flat, departure to arrival, and WAY less hassle than taking a flight. Thalys all the way!

It was so fun having a short adventure one-on-one with my little buddy, and of course while in Paris I really enjoyed visiting and catching up with my friend. I also got to spend some time with her dear aunt, who I have known for several years now, and who mentioned that she is planning to host a dinner party soon. Her concept is to design the menu entirely around fresh, seasonal ingredients. You know I was all over this! My mind immediately began racing to all the fantastic possibilities of late summer produce.

Some of the loveliest fruits out there are peaches and plums – and both are so delicious and juicy this time of year. So, weighing potential dinner party cocktails, I right away thought of Bellinis!

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A classic Bellini is simply Prosecco blended with peach puree or peach nectar. The drink is said to originate in Venice, and who can be surprised? Simple, fresh ingredients are the heart of Italian cooking, and I believe cocktails are no exception. 🙂

If you’re not already familiar with Prosecco, it’s a sparkling wine similar to champagne, often less expensive, and absolutely delicious on its own or mixed with juice or purees like this. Mimosas, anyone??

Classic peach bellini | The essential sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco and lightly-sweetened peach puree.

For added fun, I thought it would be interesting to try a variant, as well. I really love the combination of rosemary and plum sauce used in this simple, elegant recipe for pan-seared pork chops, so thought I’d give it a try in cocktail form, as well. And, they’re amazing!

Rosemary plum bellini | A festive, fruit spin on the classic sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco. A perfect late summer or holiday drink!

Don’t plums have such a beautiful color?

Rosemary plum bellini | A festive, fruit spin on the classic sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco. A perfect late summer or holiday drink!

For simplicity’s sake – also known as I love cocktails but I also have a toddler and how is it already time to make dinner, didn’t I just make your lunch a minute ago, and oh my God, don’t EVER do that to the dog! – I just used a sprig of rosemary in each glass. As a result, the rosemary flavor is quite subtle. To ramp it up, you could add a spoonful of rosemary simple syrup – I have not personally tried this but I’m willing to bet it would be divine!

Rosemary plum bellini | A festive, fruit spin on the classic sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco. A perfect late summer or holiday drink!

Rosemary plum bellini | A festive, fruit spin on the classic sparkling cocktail with champagne or prosecco. A perfect late summer or holiday drink!

Whether it’s for a dinner party, festive event, or just to make an everyday happy hour a little more, well, bubbly, I hope you try and love these! Enjoy!

p.s. Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Kir Royales are another festive sparkling treat, or switch gears and whip up some blackberry lime margaritas! Yum!

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Bellinis two ways - classic peach and rosemary plum

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Bellinis Two Ways

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Break out the bubbly! You're just a few ingredients away from a festive beverage with sparkling Bellinis two ways - the classic version with Prosecco and peach puree, and a fun variant with plum and a sprig of rosemary.

Ingredients

For Peach Puree:

  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

For Plum Puree:

  • 2 ripe plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

For the Drinks:

  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco
  • fresh rosemary
  • additional peach or plum slices for garnish, as desired

Instructions

  1. To make peach or plum puree, place the fruit and other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until smooth. Press the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the residual solids.
  2. To make Bellinis, spoon 2 tablespoons of peach or plum puree into a champagne flute and fill the glass with cold Prosecco. Stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and additional fruit slices, as desired. Serve immediately.

Basic peach recipe adapted from Ina Garten


15 Comments

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    Create Ultimate Bellini Bar Party plus 14 Easy Delicious Bellini Bar Recipes
    November 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

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    Gretchen
    August 14, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I’ve never seen a rosemary plum bellini – sounds amazing!

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    jenn
    August 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I recently did a “mimosa bar” at a baby shower brunch, so love the ideas of extra flavors to add. And gorgeous colors, beautiful photos!

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      Monica
      August 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenn! And I have to say, a mimosa bar sounds pretty fantastic – what a fun idea for a party!

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    Jagruti
    August 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I reckon this combination of peach and rosemary makes a very tasty drink, cheers

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    Calleigh - TheForkBite
    August 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Two of my favorite fruits, plum, and peaches. Can’t wait to try these drinks. The pictures look awesome too.

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    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    August 11, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve never visited Europe, but it is on my bucket list. It’s amazing to me that you can travel to such amazing places across Europe so quickly! Bellinis are a huge favorite of mine: a local upscale bar has a whole list of various Bellinis—it’s a frequent landing spot for Girls’ Night Out. I’ve only ever tried to make the classic Bellini at home, but these sound so easy and absolutely exquisite! I can’t wait to give them a try.

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      Monica
      August 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Michelle – yes, definitely, I hope you make it to Europe one day, hopefully soon! It has been a terrific experience living here. Although I have to say I wouldn’t mind the addition of a local bar with a long list of Bellinis.. ha! 🙂

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    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    August 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I think I may have to try this with rosemary simple syrup. I think the combo of rosemary and plum sounds DIVINE! And these are also gorgeous! 🙂

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      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Fantastic! Please come back and let us know how you like it with the rosemary simple syrup! Cheers!

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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    August 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’m all over that rosemary plum cocktail, what a great end-of-summer drink!

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    Garlic + Zest
    August 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Bellinis have always been my mother’s favorite brunch cocktail, but I’m really liking the look of those plum versions. Such a gorgeous color!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    August 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love a good bellini – I’m totally swooning over that rosemary-plum combo! The color is just goooorgeous!

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    Felesha Bell
    August 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    What a gorgeous drink!! What can I substitute for the Prosecco?

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      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Champagne or any sparkling dry white wine would be a close substitute; for something non-alcoholic, I’d try San Pellegrini or another sparkling water!

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