Strawberry and Peach Bellinis
My friend Kelsey is getting married in just under two weeks, and Amy decided to host a virtual bridal shower for her! Kelsey is such a sweetheart, and I’m so excited for her to begin this new part of her life. I wanted to make something extra celebratory, but I had a hard time deciding what exactly that would be. I knew I wanted something fun and feminine and finally settled on bellinis. After all, what’s a bridal shower without something fun to drink? I love that these are bright and festive, and it doesn’t hurt that they taste fantastic, too.
Authentic bellinis are made with white peaches and Prosecco, but many people associate the name with any drink made up of fruit purée and sparkling wine. I decided to make both strawberry and peach bellinis for this virtual shower, but you can use almost any fruit you want. I think mangoes and blackberries would also make wonderful bases for the drink. Bellinis are perfect for parties because they’re simple, gorgeous and delicious. You can even make the fruit purée the day before, making these one of the easiest party drinks ever. Flavor-wise, I preferred the strawberry to the peach, which came as no surprise since I would pick strawberries over peaches any day. However, this sentiment might not have been true had I been able to find white peaches. Since they aren’t in season here, I knew I would be unable to find fresh, but I was hoping I would be able to find frozen. No such luck, though. If you can find white peaches, use them. They’re sweeter (and more flavorful, in my opinion) than regular peaches. I still really enjoyed both flavors, and I loved the way the slightly sweetened fruit mixed in with the Prosecco to make a fun, tasty and refreshing drink. If you want to set up a bellini bar, make the purées ahead of time and place them in small pitchers. Place on a table or bar with different types of sparkling wine and let guests create their own. If you need a nonalcoholic version, sparkling water or sparkling apple cider can be used, too.
- YIELD: 16 drinks
For the peach purée:
1 pound peaches, thawed if frozen (Use white if possible.)
½ cup simple syrup
⅓ cup water
For the strawberry purée:
1 pound strawberries, thawed if frozen
⅓ cup simple syrup
⅓ cup water
For the bellinis:
4 bottles of Proessco, Champagne or other sparkling wine
Fresh strawberries and peaches, for garnish
In a blender, process peaches until broken down. Add water and simple syrup and continue blending until mixture is smooth. Taste and add more simple syrup if needed. Rinse out blender, then repeat process with strawberries. Strain strawberries through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Store purées in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Can be made a day in advance.
To make the bellinis, add 2 tablespoons of fruit purée to the bottom of each champagne flute. Slowly pour Prosecco over fruit and gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh fruit as desired and serve immediately.