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Peach Bellini | A slushy version of the classic Italian cocktail

Peach Bellini Cocktail

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Peach bellini cocktails are the perfect brunch cocktail, made with fresh peaches, peach schnapps, and of course, champagne. You have got to try this easy cocktails recipe! 

Peach Bellini Cocktail in a flute garnished with a peach slice

The  Peach Bellini Cocktail

I fell hard with my first sip of a Peach Bellini Cocktail. Sitting in picturesque Piazza San Marco, we toasted to the beauty of Italy with some dear friends from Indianapolis who also happened to be in Venice. It wasn’t just the magical locale that made them taste so amazing, it was the fresh Italian peach puree mixed with bubbly that won me over.

We nabbed the first table we spotted in the busy tourist destination. A tall, “professional” waiter, as he dubbed himself, took our order as a band played in the background setting the mood. A silver tray with chips and olives arrived along with our beverages. I had a feeling this would cost us a pretty penny—and it did. Bill still jokes about it till this day. We could have gotten 4 steak dinners at home for the price of our afternoon cocktails. But what the heck. We were on a once in a lifetime trip with our family. And I still remember those bellinis.

Champagne Cocktail for New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve just days away, the holiday cookies and Christmas menus are pushed aside and replaced with cocktails and appetizers. We rarely go out, let alone stay up past midnight, but instead, park ourselves in front of the TV watching bowl games and old movies. We can still toast the new year before retiring with a glass of champagne or even a homemade peach bellini. I discovered some fresh frozen sliced peaches at the market, so I decided to whip up a frozen version of  the classic peach bellini in my blender. Some frozen peaches, ice cubes, peach schnapps and a few other ingredients were pureed to a sweet slush, then poured into glasses garnished with peach slices or berries. So nice that these champagne cocktails can be made when peach season is months away.

Peach Bellini cocktails in flutes with fresh strawberry slices

The Tournament of Roses Parade

Many years ago, when I was a junior in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, our football team won the Big 10 championship and was headed to the Rose Bowl. A few of my sorority sisters and I piled into a car and drove a couple thousand miles to Pasadena to cheer on our team. We blasted Kool and the Gang and Luther Vandross on the 8 track and only took brief stops for gas.

We slept through the parade after staying up into the wee hours of the morning with the New Year’s Eve festivities but made it to the game. Now it’s my youngest’s turn. His college football team played  in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City on the 26th, so he, along with 4 of his friends left on Christmas Day to drive to the east coast. They’re crashing on one of his friends’ homes for SEVEN nights. Yikes. 5 extra 22-year olds hanging out for a week?!! I’d need nerves of steel to survive. I hope they don’t wear out their welcome. But they’ll make wonderful memories.

I doubt those college boys will be sipping on cocktails, beer is more their speed, but here at home, a peach bellini always hits the spot.

Let’s raise our glasses and toast the New Year with a frozen peach bellini, made with Dole® Fresh Frozen Peach Slices.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area or attending the Rose Bowl, you’ll want to check out “Live on Green,” 3 day event, where visitors can explore 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, unique and rare exhibitions, and fun activities, as well as indulge in healthy snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro. Admission is free and the event runs on Dec. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. To 8 p.m., and Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Conference Center. One of my blogger friends, Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen and also the Dole California Cook-Off Champion, will perform live cooking demonstrations and share quick and fun recipes featuring Dole Packaged Foods’ products.  If you’re headed to the Rose Bowl, I hope you make both the parade and the game And if you see Ally, tell her hello from me!

A couple of things to help you make the peach bellini recipe:

 

Peach Bellini | A slushy version of the famous Italian cocktail

Peach Bellini Cocktail Recipe

A classic Italian cocktail made with peaches and champagne. Recipe courtesy of Dole.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces DOLE® Fresh Frozen Peach Slices, partially thawed
  • 3/4 ounces peach schnapps
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) champagne
  • 1 ounces fresh sour* see link to recipe below
  • 1/2 ounces grenadine syrup
  • 1/2 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, cooked till sugar dissolves, then cooled)
  • 3/4 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine peaches, schnapps, champagne, fresh sour, grenadine, simple syrup and ice in blender container. Cover; blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glass. Garnish with frozen peach or strawberry slice.

Notes

Adapted from this recipe from Serious Eats.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

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