The history of the Bellini cocktail
The Bellini was created in the 1940s in Venice, Italy. More specifically, in Harry’s Bar and looks quite similar to the well-known Mimosa. Instead of fresh orange juice, however, Bellini’s uses pureed white peaches. As a true Italian, there is of course only one correct answer to the question of the right sparkling wine for the cocktail: Prosecco!
When Giuseppe Cipriani invented the drink in the first half of the 19th century, its pink color reminded him of a painting by Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini and named it after him.
At the time, the original Bellini consisted of two parts dry Prosecco* and one part white peach puree, along with a dash of raspberry juice or cherry juice, which gave it a particularly appealing coloration.