Bellini Cocktail – Classic 1940s Guiseppe Cipriani Recipe

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History Of The Bellini

The Bellini was invented during World War 2 in Venice, Italy by Guiseppe Cipriani. The Bellini is named after Giovanni Bellini, a famous Venetian Renaissance painter who’s work is famous in Venice, where the cocktail was invented.

Mimosa Vs. Bellini

The Mimosa was invented in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France by Frank Meier, and even though the Bellini was invented some 15 years after the mimosa, it is unclear if the Mimosa inspired this Italian cocktail. They are very similar cocktails but the peach juice and orange juice give each cocktail very different flavors. A Mimosa is more acidic and fresh tasting with a drier thinner body, while the Bellini is sweeter with a slightly thicker nectar taste and fuller body mouth feel. Not that this is a fair comparison but I would liken it to comparing a white to a red wine. White being like the Mimosa and red being like the Bellini.

A Wonderful Brunch Cocktail For Day Or Night

The Bellini is a wonderful sparkling wine cocktail and perfect for brunch. Unlike the mimosa though, I feel the Bellini also works well for an evening cocktail. Its thicker more nectar like taste and mouthfeel lends itself well to a nice before or after dinner drink. If you have only had a Bellini for brunch try making one in the evening and see how versatile this cocktail can be.


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Bellini Cocktail – Classic 1940s Guiseppe Cipriani Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian






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Learn how to make the a classic Bellini.


  • 2 oz Peach Juice

  • 4 oz Sparkling Wine


  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.


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