Blackberry Bellini

blackberry-bellini-recipeAs quoted in the wikipedia, “A Bellini is a long drink cocktail that originated in Venice. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach purée often served at celebrations. It is one of Italy’s most popular cocktails.” However, over the years, due to unavailability of peaches in some parts of the world, and also because everyone likes a change in flavor, the Bellini no longer comes just in Peach! Berries add a wonderful flavor and color to cocktails, and hence are the preferred by bartenders around the world. This Blackberry Bellini is a beautiful variation – it not only looks pretty, but it also has a sweet and tangy flavor that opens your appetite and pairs well with any kind of food!

[Recipe created by Brian McGrory, and published with courtesy of Cocktail Times]

Blackberry Bellini

5 oz Procescco
2 oz blackberry puree
1 oz creme du mure
Garnish: whole blackberry and mint leaf

Pour in the blackberry puree and creme du mure into a champagne flute. Top of with the processco. Finish with a mint leaf and whole blackberry garnish.

Notes: If Prosecco is not available, you can use any other full-bodies Sparkling wine. For a non-alcoholic version, sparkling juice (like sparkling cider) or seltzer is used in place of the wine. Blackberries can be substituted with raspberries, cherries, or even alderberries, for a colorful and flavorful variation.

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