What is a Bellini?
The Bellini cocktail originated in Italy and is traditionally made of peach puree and Prosecco. It has a light, crisp and slightly sweet flavor.
The Bellini is typically served in a flute glass and is used to celebrate many occasions, from casual daytime brunches to fancy New Years Eve bashes.
Bellini vs. Mimosa
While the Bellini and the Mimosa are similar, they do have a few distinct differences. The most obvious is their basic ingredients: The Mimosa is made of Champagne and orange juice, while the Bellini is made of Prosecco and peach puree.
The Mimosa is more popular, probably because it was the first sparkling wine to be mixed with a fruit juice and also because it is easier to make than a Bellini.
The Bellini requires you to make a puree or nectar out of peaches, whereas with a Mimosa all you have to do is pour the OJ.
How to make the Pomegranate Syrup
Which Champagne is best for this Pomegranate Bellini?
For more festive drink recipes, try these:
- Holiday Moscow Mule with Pomegranate and Sage
- Fig Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Fresh Mint Julep
- Blood Orange Sparklers
- Jalapeño Paloma
- 1 bottle Prosecco
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- pomegranate arils garnish, optional
- Make the pomegranate syrup: Combine pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. The mixture should coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Pour 1-2 teaspoons of pomegranate syrup into each chilled champagne flute. Add the Prosecco. Stir gently to dissolve the syrup. Garnish with pomegranate arils if desired.