The History of the Bellini

Jump to

There is something quite fancy and decadent about the Bellini.

It feels a little bit more special than your standard classic cocktail and takes the edge
off a dry glass of Prosecco. Fruity, yet fizzy, it satisfies all the senses,
with its pretty pink colour making for an elegant finish. So, where did this
classy cocktail come from?

Who invented the Bellini?

The famous Harry’s Bar is the location for the creation of the Bellini. This well-known
establishment was a haunt of many a famous face back in the day, including
Humphrey Bogart, Ernest Hemmingway and Truman Capote, who adored the Venetian
bar and the views over the grand canal.

The cocktail was dreamt up by Giuseppe Cipriani, owner and founder of the bar, in 1948. Harry’s Bar would often use ingredients from the local countryside, bringing a fresh and authentic vibe to the menu. The region must have been flush with white peaches that year, because, alongside Prosecco, they are a key ingredient of this drink.

The peaches were pureed and then added to the Prosecco at a ratio of 1:2. The resultant
mixture reminded Cipriani of a beautiful sunset painting created by Giovani
Bellini, so much so that he named the cocktail after the local artist.

In 1988, a family in the Prosecco region of Italy decided to bottle the Bellini, adding a
few drops of raspberry juice to the mixture to make a unique and delicious

Variations of this Cocktail

There are many variations of the Bellini, most of them switching out the peaches in
favour of another type of fruit. For example, a Passion Fruit Bellini uses
passion fruit juice and a dash of Cointreau, while an Elderflower Bellini uses
apple juice and a shot of Elderflower cordial. Add a strawberry and a mint
sprig for a fruity fiesta!

Pardon the interruption

Did you know that you can become a member for free, taking your cocktail making skills up to level 11. You can save your My Bar ingredients, make tasting notes, have personalised Tried and Want to try lists and more.

If you want to get a little bit festive with your cocktail, why not try a Gingerbread
Bellini? This swaps peach juice for Frangelico, lemon juice and a tablespoon of
gingerbread syrup to create the most incredible Christmas drink.

And, of course, if you prefer a mocktail, you might like a Baby Bellini. The Baby
incorporates lemon juice, apple juice and peach juice to give that fruity taste
that is irresistible to children, designated drivers and those that are
actively avoiding alcohol.

The Bellini is a cocktail that inspires creativity – pour two-thirds of a glass of Prosecco
and add a fruit juice of your choice. Hey presto, you have your very own
variation! What will you call it?!

More to explore

Would you like ice with that?

We get it. It’s November, and it’s freezing (where we are, at least!) When you want to enjoy your fa...

The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Lapland

A week and a half before Christmas and The Travelling Cocktail Drinker could really only visitone de...

History of the Sazerac Cocktail

An intoxicating combination of absinthe, whiskey and bitters, with a teaspoon of sugar for good meas...

Bartender's top tip

Choose the perfect glass. The shape, size and design of a glass adds to the experience of the curated cocktail. Invest in a few key pieces of glassware, with a design that matches your style.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get tips straight into your inbox.

Upgrade your mixology

Become a member for free taking your cocktail making skills up to level 11.

  • Save your bar forever
  • Access to our Cocktail Creator, allowing you to create your own wonderful concoctions.
  • Save cocktails to personalised 'Tried' and 'Want to try' lists
  • Create and record tasting notes on cocktails
  • Create lists of cocktails to share with friends and family
  • A pesonalised MyBar URL, allowing you to share everything you can make with friends
  • And much more ... (what to buy next, measurement choices, search personalisation...)
Register now

Have you tried our Wordpress Plugin?

Download our plugin and embed cocktail recipes directly onto your own site or blog.

Choose from our whole recipe database, or choose a specific cocktail made with a certain ingredient, and let us place a beautiful recipe on your own site.

Find out more