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I Do!  I Do!

Hah!  Just returned from Hastings-on-the-Hudson where my brother, Jim, got married this past weekend.  He and his bride, Mindy, pulled off the most beautiful wedding in the midst of perfectly planned herb garden, beyond which a grassy meadow hosted some Canadian geese, which squawked their approval during the ceremony.  It was just lovely as we looked at the Palisades cliffs rising above the Hudson River and enjoyed the various flowers blooming all around us.  Family, friends, and so much fun.

Singing and music and roasting and storytelling… plus the most elegantly prepared and presented food treats.  Even if not for a special event, I strongly recommend dining at Harvest on Hudson if you are ever in the Westchester County area of New York.  It definitely gets a double WOW!

Among the ooh’s and ahh’s were plenty of accolades for Mindy’s selection to have Bellinis served, in addition to champagne and wine.  They are definitely among my favorite beverages, and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, both with and without alcohol.

In fact, among the more than five dozen sparkling beverage recipes in our Champagne!  Facts, Fizz, Food and Fun book, you will find a number of Bellini recipes, including a reflection back to the Bellini’s true origins at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy.

In 2009, my husband and I got to sit at Harry’s Bar… at long last… and savor that original Bellini delicacy.  Oh, boy!

Now, we realize that most of us do not have access to freshly pureed white peaches all year, not to mention the rosy “secret ingredient” that Harry’s Bar uses to even out the sweetness, without adding a bit of sugar.  (Yes, we reveal the secret in the book.)  Plus we do now have easy access to Prosecco, the Italian sparkling white wine that goes into a Bellini, though you can certainly substitute Champagne.

Meanwhile, let us share with you one of the “Amazing Bubbly Concoctions” Bellini recipes.  This is one of our favorites, and is shared with complements from the chef.

Cafe Martin Bellini

Cafe Martin Bellini

Café Martin Bellini

For each serving:

3 fresh or frozen raspberries

½ shot peach schnapps

Chilled peach nectar

Chilled prosecco (or champagne)

Place raspberries in bottom of champagne flute, followed by peach liquor.  Fill to almost half with peach nectar; top with champagne and serve.

KISS Tip:  Café Martin also makes a fabulous frozen Bellini.  You can duplicate this at home by replacing the peach nectar with peach sorbet.  Use a bit of raspberry sorbet instead of actual raspberries.  You will be able to actually duplicate the beautiful rosy hues in a genuine Harry’s Bar Bellini.

Another fun twist is making a Blood Orange Bellini.  We include this recipe in the “Amazing Bubbly Concoctions” section of the book Champagne!  Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun.  You can also use the above recipe and simply substitute a couple spoonfuls of Blood Orange Sorbet for the peach nectar.  Oh My Goodness!!!!  It is soooo good!

Now, I must offer one warning.  Once you start making Bellini’s and it can make it very, very difficult to go back to a Mimosa!

You can find Champagne!  Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun along with other books and eBooks from Quiet Thunder Publishing at sites such as Amazon.com.  Enjoy… with love and laughter!

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About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 14 books, and counting! As a lifelong corporate communications geek, I enjoy a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with my husband, I have passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun.
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