Almost every morning this week I’ve started my day with a perfectly ripe white peach — one of the many joys of summer! Since it’s the weekend, I figured I’d put together a perfectly peachy brunch bellini. They are my go-to drink when brunching. I enjoy this meal in the comfort of my apartment mostly because it’s mush more relaxing than battling the hordes of brunchers. Why not savor the best meal of the week in bed?
Get that bottle of Brut Rosé out of the fridge, and get sippin’!
White Peach Bellini
This makes 4-6 servings. You can also make this cocktail into a pitcher drink.
The Bellini hails from Venice, Italy. Basically, it’s sparkling wine mixed with peach purée or nectar. I’ve added a mint and lemon simple syrup into the mix, as well, to add a zesty note.
Mint and Lemon Simple Syrup
Heat 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar until all grainuals are dissolved. Then remove from heat and infuse with 4-5 mint sprigs and the zest of one lemon. Let stand with the herbs for about 15 minutes or until you can taste the flavor. Cool in the fridge, and store in a container for up to a week.
I use simple syrup when I run out of honey for my tea or you can use the leftovers in another cocktail! After crafting your own, you’ll never buy it again…
For the Bellini: One chilled bottle of Brut Rosé, 2 very ripe white peaches, 1/2 cup of the mint-lemon simple syrup, and mint sprigs for garnish.
Blitz the syrup with the two white peaches that have been peeled and sliced. (You should make this the day you sever the cocktail.)
Then, fill each flute with about 2 ounces of the purée. Carefully pour the chilled Rosé over the peach mixture. The trick is to prime the glass with a bit of the wine, and then pour the rest when that has settled.
For two people this Bellini is great to craft individually, but for a crowd I would fill a glass pitcher with the white peach mixture and then top with the whole bottle wine! Finish the cocktail off with a bit of mint or a slice of peach.
This White Peach Bellini is a great addition to Sunday Brunch. I would pair the sweetness of this drink with something more savory like a Cheese Soufflé or Eggs Benedict. However, you can always go simple with a Quiche!