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Learn about the Origin of the Bellini Cocktail and Try Our Two Yummy Recipes!

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April 2, 2014

Learn about the Origin of the Bellini Cocktail and Try Our Two Yummy Recipes!

Ah, the taste and feel of a nice, cold drink on a breezy and sunny springtime day can create all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings in our heads, can’t it? When you want to relax, do you think about kicking-back with a fun and delicious drink? Of course you do!

With the onset of warmer weather, and spring popping up all over, all kinds of fabulous drink recipes and concoctions begin to be shared among friends and neighbors (as well as Pinterest, of course).

At HideAway Country Inn, a bed and breakfast and dining establishment in Central Ohio, we love to create all sorts various drinks, as well as serve the best wines and champagne, to sweep you into a personal paradise.

At our upcoming Champagne dinner on April 5, 2014, we will be discussing the Tea Bellini vs. the Champagne Bellini. A Bellini cocktail is a yummy mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine (a white wine with bubbles!) and peach purée or nectar, which originates in Venice, Italy.

Based on information from Wikipedia, the Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Because of its unique pink color, which reminded Cipriani of the color of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini, he named the drink, Bellini!

Marinating fresh peaches in wine is an Italian tradition and the original recipe for the drink was made with a bit of raspberry or cherry juice to give the drink a pink glow. Adding raspberry to your Bellini would add a pop of color and taste. These days, people also make watermelon, strawberry, mango, and pomegranate-cranberry Bellinis!

It’s a festive, refreshing drink that is great to order when dining out, or mixing up at home for a back patio barbeque! We've added a few recipes to this post that you might like to try out!

Here is the traditional Bellini recipe:

  • 2 ounces peach juice or peach puree
  • 4 ounces Champagne (Italian Prosecco is also a good alternative to Champagne.

Pour the peach juice or peach puree into a Champagne flute. Slowly add the Champagne

Sounds simple, right? It is, but also elegant and delicious!

Here is the option for Tea Bellini:

4 cups sweetened iced tea
4 cups peach nectar
1-2 small peaches, sliced
ice

Put it together in a larger pitcher....Better if left overnight and served the next day!

Enjoy!

HideAway Country Inn is located near Bucyrus and Marion, Ohio, but is easily accessible from all major cities in Ohio.  We enjoy our visitors from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan as well, who include spending a getaway weekend with us!

To attend our wine dinner, call our reservation specialist now at (800) 570-8233.  You view more on our dining and wine dinners at: /dining. And see our blog post on our upcoming April wine dinner at: /blog/2014/03/28/hideaway-inn-to-offer-chardonnary-wine-dinner-call-now-for-reservations.

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