Cocktail of the Week: Bellini

Bellini It is a glorious time for summer peaches and what goes better with peaches than a little sparkle of Prosecco?!

2 large, ripe Peaches
12oz of your favorite Prosecco (approximately ½ bottle)
Fresh Mint – optional
Makes 4

Slice peaches in half, remove the pit and place into a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Two large Peaches should yield approximately 8oz of puree. Mix 12oz of Prosecco with 8oz of Peach puree. Serve in tall champagne flutes. For a fresh twist to this traditional cocktail, before you puree add a handful of fresh Mint to the Peaches – garnish with Mint.

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Cocktail of the Week: Peach Apple Sangria

Peach Apple Sangria

2 bottles of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris
2 cups of Prosecco
6 oz Cavlados or Apple Brandy
6 Ripe, Fresh Peaches
2 Granny Smith or other tart Apples cored and cut into small pieces
1 Lemon thinly sliced – seeds removed
¼ cup Sugar – optional

– 1 hour (or up to 1 day) ahead, cut 3 of the Peaches into small pieces, place in a bowl with the Apple pieces.
– Add the Calvados or Apple Brandy to the bowl and muddle. While you want to extract some juice from the fruit, be careful not to completely smash the Peach pieces.
-Cover tightly and refrigerate until just before serving.
– Before serving, remove the pits and puree the remaining 3 Peaches in a blender or food processor.
– Add the pureed Peaches and the brandy soaked fruit to a large pitcher or beverage container.
– Add the Wine, Prosecco and Lemon Slices. Stir well and serve over ice.
– If the Sangria is not sweet enough for your taste – add a little sugar at a time tasting until it is to your desired sweetness. Sangria made with very ripe Peaches should not need any additional sweetening.
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Tip: Be sure to cut your fruit in to small pieces. The fruit should be big enough to nibble as you drink but not so big as to fill your glass with one piece or make it difficult to sip.