December 2010

Champagne Cocktails: The Bellini

The Bellini is one of those extraordinary cocktails that are based on sparkling wine. It was apparently invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, the original owner of the very famous Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy, between the mid 1930s and the late 1940s. The Bellini was named for it's color; it's a lovely peach-pink; the color reminded Cipriani of the color of a saint's garb in a famous painting by 15th century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini.