If you need a new weekend brunch cocktail, something special for an anniversary toast, or to help revive girls’ night this fruity Rainbow Bellini recipe is as tasty as it is pretty. All you need is a little fresh fruit and a decent bottle of bubbly and you have yourself a really delicious cocktail that’s not too sweet, nor too dry. Bonus, save a little leftover juice for your breakfast the next morning — it’s really good!
What’s a Bellini?
Bellinis are an Italian cocktail made of sweet white peach purée and Italian prosecco and they are delicious. This famous drink originated at Harry’s Bar in Venice (where beef carpaccio was also invented) and I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to experience it here and while yes, it’s a bit overpriced (especially with all of the other cocktails and wine that Italy has to offer), I would pay the same amount to have it again because it’s really that good. If you’re ever in NYC, you can stop by Cipriani’s (owned by the same family) and have a close second. Bellinis were thought to have been created as a tribute to beautiful colors used by the 15th-century Venetian artist Giovani Bellini whose work was being exhibited and honored around the time the drink was created.
What’s the Difference Between a Bellini and a Mimosa?
Mimosas are a cocktail of French origin made typically using Champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice. Bellinis are made using peach purée and Italian prosecco, making them a tad bit creamier or thicker and slightly sweeter. Peach schnapps is not found in real Italian Bellini because it doesn’t need it, but plenty of restaurants and bars add a little to enhance the peachy flavor.
Arcobelano Bellini (Rainbow Bellini) Ingredients
You only need 5ingredients to make these delicious bellinis. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or feel like a brunch upgrade, this is a great cocktail to serve and it couldn’t be easier to make. I like to juice extra fruit, so anyone who may not want an alcoholic beverage can still have a delicious fresh-pressed healthy juice. Feel free to change up the fruit with whatever you have on hand, but this assortment is really tasty.
- 1 bottle of your favorite Italian Prosecco (or Champagne, or Cava)
- 2 Tarrocco Blood oranges (or other sweet orange varieties)
- 6 strawberries
- 3 kiwis
- 1/4 cup blueberries (or a handful)
How to Make a Rainbow Bellini
This is probably the easiest cocktail you’ll ever make besides the classic Italian Bellini (made with sweet white peach purée and prosecco). If you really want to wow your guests, you can separate the different juices into different glasses as you’re extracting the juice which will keep the colors from mixing together. Then you can pour a little of each juice into the prosecco glass (or champagne flute). Then top them off with prosecco (or other bubbly) for a cool rainbow effect. The typical ratio of fruit purée or juice to prosecco is 2 parts prosecco to 1 part juice or purée.
- Wash and peel the fruit. Peel the kiwis and oranges and wash the blueberries and strawberries.
- Juice the fruit. Juice the fruit in any order you want. I happened to juice them in this order: strawberries, oranges, kiwis, then blueberries.
- Assemble the Bellinis. Pour 2 ounces (5cl) of juice into a chilled prosecco glass or champagne flute, and add 4 ounces (10cl) of prosecco. Stir it gently, garnish with fruit, and Enjoy!
Try out our Renato Rum Cocktail if You’re Looking for Something a Bit Stronger
Below is the Renato Rum Cocktail made with homemade Fruit Punch Juice and it’s a perfect brunch or summertime cocktail.