The Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, the iconic drinking establishment in Venice, Italy. The sunset-pink color reminded Cipriani of the toga worn in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini…hence the name.
The drink consists of puréed white peaches and Prosecco. The original recipe was made with a bit of raspberry or cherry juice to give the drink a pink glow like the painting.
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine; generally a Dry or Extra Dry made from Glera grapes. “Real” Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto, specifically the areas near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
If you’re looking to try this delicious, Italian recipe this spring, pick up a bottle of Prosecco at your local Roger Wilco!