A Peach Bellini Cocktail is the perfect brunch cocktail, made with fresh peaches, peach schnapps, and of course, champagne. You have got to try this easy cocktail recipe! 

Use fresh or frozen peaches to create a refreshing Bellini Recipe and sip on them all summer long.

2 peach bellinis topped with strawberry slices

Why You’ll Love

  • Frozen cocktails are ideal for summer sipping.
  • These are especially exquisite when peaches are in season.
  • If you’re making an Italian meal for company, these frozen peach bellinis are ideal for cocktail hour!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Bellini Made Of?

The original Bellini Ingredients included Peach Puree or Nectar and Prosecco. Peach Schnapps, Simple Syrup, and a splash of Grenadine for color are also popular additions.

What is the Difference Between a Bellini and a Mimosa?

The classic Bellini is made with peach juice or puree and Prosecco which reflects its Italian origin, and Mimosas are made with orange juice and champagne.

Why is it called a Bellini?

This classic Venetian cocktail was created at the famous Harry’s Bar in the late 1940s. The colors of the bellini reminded the creator of the sunset colors found in paintings by the artist, Giovani Bellini.

What is Sour Mix?

Sour Mix is a popular cocktail ingredient made with lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and water. In a pinch, you can purchase bottled sour mix, but homemade with fresh citrus juice taste so much better.

What is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a red-colored, non-alcoholic syrup made from pomegranates that is used in cocktails.

2 bellinis in stemmed champagne glasses topped with fresh raspberries and mint

Tips for Making a Bellini Drink

  • PRO-Tip: Use the ripest, most flavorful fresh peaches for the tastiest results.
  • When peaches are out of season, frozen or even canned peaches are a great alternative. They are usually packaged at the peak of ripeness. Rinse the peaches before using them if they’re canned in heavy syrup.
  • PRO-Tip: Classically made with Italian Prosecco, Champagne or Cava are other sparkling wine alternatives that will work well as a substitute.
  • Add grenadine, a pomegranate syrup, to maximize the look of a Bellini painting sunrise.
  • If you don’t have Grenadine, you can add raspberry syrup, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice cocktail, or a scant drop of red food coloring instead.
  • Taste your peaches as you may want to add extra simple syrup if they’re not very sweet.

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 to 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.

Overhead view of 2 bellinis topped with strawberries next to 2 fresh peaches

How to Make a Champagne Cocktail

  1. Purchase the best quality peaches available. Local fresh peaches in the summer are ideal, but not always available.
  2. To make the best frozen bellinis, you may want to slice and freeze your peaches at least a few hours before mixing.
  3. Place all the ingredients, including the ice, into your blender. Puree until slushy.
  4. Garnish with a peach wedge, pomegranate arils, ripe fresh raspberries, or strawberry slices.
  5. Serve immediately.

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.

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A peach bellini recipe topped with sliced strawberries next to 2 fresh peaches

Peach Bellini Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving

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

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces 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 a blender container.
  2. Cover; blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into glass. Garnish with a 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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Peach Bellini cocktails in flutes with fresh strawberry slices

Photo circa 2015

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 of 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.