The Bellini is popular aperitif from Venice, consisting of prosecco mixed with peach juice. It originated at Harry's Bar near San Marco Square, a favorite hangout of Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis and Orson Welles. Guiseppe Cipriani created the Bellini in 1948. It has been said that Guiseppe was inspired by the pink color Giovanni Bellini used in his paintings. He tried to recreate the color and ended up using white peaches and Prosecco to get to his goal. To this day they still make their Bellinis the same way Guiseppe did more than 60 years ago.
Mix peach juice and wine, stir and serve in a a chilled champagne flute.
Last updated: October 12, 2010