August Is National Peach Month

Peaches juice up our happy little taste buds as a yummy fruit should.  Put them in a pie, put them in a muffin, or simply put them in your mouth! Because it’s summer, let’s put them in a dazzling drink.


Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy originated a peachy beverage named for the artist who famously worked with the color of the beverage. The true Bellini is an absolutely luscious sparkling cocktail. Typically, we find it made with peach puree or nectar and prosecco or champagne. Sometimes a bar goes Super Simple splashes champagne into Peachtree liquor.

The original Bellini became so popular than ever in the 1940’s, when it became necessary to have one employee’s full-time job to puree fresh white peaches daily. Due to inconsistencies in the sweetness levels of peaches, a bit of raspberry puree solved the challenge, while adding a slightly rosy glow to the beverage.

Harry’s makes no pretenses, serving it up in a simple highball-type glass. In my book “Champagne: Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun” I deliver the Bellini’s history, recipe, garnishing tricks, a frozen version, and several recipe variations. Thankfully, the original Bellini is easy to replicate at home, and it is perfect on a hot summer’s day.



True Bellini a la Harry’s Bar
Chilled white peach puree
Chilled raspberry puree
Chilled Prosecco

Stir just a bit of raspberry puree into your peach puree until you get the perfect rosy tint. Pour the puree into glasses to 1/3 full. Fill to the top with prosecco and serve.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "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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