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Sweet Honey Bellini Cocktail

This Sweet Honey Bellini Cocktail. Aaaah, bliss. It’s my tribute to the classic Bellini, created in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani.

I’ve created this simple variation by simply adding delicious Tasmanian leatherwood honey. This is pureed with the delicious in season white peaches.

The Bellini was created by Cipriani – then owner of the now iconic Harry’s Bar in Venice. He named it after his favourite artist – Giovanni Bellini. Why?

Apparently, the cocktail’s gentle pink tinge reminded him of the pink glow of a painting by the 15th Century painter. I’ve yet to discover which painting it was, but it’s reported to be of a saint. As a former student of Renaissance Art & Architecture, I am very curious indeed.

Today, this refreshing summer cocktail is served in Harry’s Bar both in Venice and New York. It is also an official, registered cocktail of the International Bartenders Association.

If you’re ever in Venice or New York, a visit to Harry’s Bar is apparently a must. You can read about Harry’s Bar here at Cipriani Drinks’ website.

I think Giuseppe would approve of my Sweet Honey Bellini. Don’t you?

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Sweet Honey Bellini

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Recipe by Marti Cuatt Course: Cocktail HourDifficulty: Easy
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A slight twist on the classic Bellini, the addition of beautiful Tasmanian leatherwood honey adds an almost caramel note to the fruit and sparkling Prosecco.

You will need

  • 2 white peaches, peeled, stoned and quartered

  • 1 tbsp Tasmanian leatherwood honey (see note)

  • 150 ml approx, Prosecco – an Italian sparkling wine

Here’s what to do

  • Add the peaches and honey to a blender or small food processor and blitz until you have a smooth pureé.
  • Pour about a tablespoon of the pureé into each champagne flute or bowl
  • Slowly top up with Prosecco. It may take 2-3 pours, letting the bubbles subside between.

Tips and tricks

  • Leatherwood honey is iconic to Tasmania the southernmost island state of Australia. You could use any quality pure, preferably raw honey.

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