Bellini Spritzer

Let’s face it, the summer here in Britain hasn’t really begun – rain is a seemingly permanent fixture at the moment. However, being British means putting up with the occasional imperfect summer and battling on regardless. This takes on different forms depending on the person, with some acting as though trousers have been outlawed during the summer months. In my case, it means making a jolly nice cocktail when the weather is lacking the necessary clemency for it to be enjoyed in the open air. This is my first ever cocktail recipe, so please enjoy it even if the weather isn’t quite ideal.

A Bellini is an Italian cocktail flavoured with peaches. It was first invented in Venice and makes for a rather sweet and delicious accompaniment to a summer’s day, no matter what the weather. Traditionally it is made of white peaches and prosecco, but since this is a frugal recipe it has been transformed into a spritzer; a transformation that worked extremely well. Cutting down on the amount of wine in the recipe does a rather good job of reducing the cost of this cocktail, but it also means that wine selection is incredibly important. Please don’t go out and buy a medium white wine, because it wouldn’t have the necessary effect. Prosecco is a dry sparkling wine and one will need something similar for this. To be honest, it’s hard to suggest an exact wine to use, but something fruity would be good, considering the characteristics of prosecco.

Oh, before I forget I’ve been asked to tell all of you whose feeds I no longer appear on to contact WordPress support. Apparently it’s a fault on your end and not mine, very strange. Also, sorry for not replying to any comments for a week; I’m dreadfully busy.

Bellini Spritzer

Makes as much as you have enough peaches for


• 1 part white peach puree, any peaches will do

• 1 part dry white wine

• 1 part clear lemonade


1. To make the peach puree, simply pass the fruit through a sieve. However, it is important to make sure you squeeze plenty of juice and colour out of their skins since this process is what gives the cocktail its colour.

2. Pour the puree into a jug; 4-5 peaches should make roughly 150ml of puree. Add the necessary amount of wine and lemonade and taste. If you’d like it a little sweeter you may add a little more lemonade. Serve without ice.

Cost: Peaches are another fruit which are rather cheap at the moment – my punnet cost £1. It’s hard to say exactly how much your cocktail will cost, but 5-6 smallish glasses should set one back no more than £3. The most important factor in this being such a cheap drink is the fact that it requires only half the wine of a normal Bellini. Though, if you want to get particularly sozzled it may be better to go ahead and drink two. It wouldn’t harm.

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68 comments on “Bellini Spritzer

  1. Shumaila
    July 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    You are lucky summer hasn’t reached you yet. It is blazing hot in Arizona these days, with the clouds teasing every day that they would rain but only show their faces and go home to return the next day to do the same! Have never had a bellini but I love peaches and I love alcohol, so I guess I would like it!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      I want it… give it to me… You must try it 😀

  2. Emma @ Sweet Mabel
    July 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Yum, one of my favourites. x

  3. countrywoodsmoke
    July 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This looks wonderful and refreshing, not my personal cup of tea, I like my coctails with more alcohol in 😉 but would be very pleasant seasonal spritzer.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks! Oh I like those sort too :D. Give me a long Island Ice Tea and I’ll be a happy boy.

  4. Chica Andaluza
    July 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely – am enjoying all the peach recipes I´m seeing right now. Looks so pretty too!

  5. bringmemycoffee
    July 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I’m on the home bound train at the moment thinking how much nicer this commute would be with a bellini spritzer in hand!

  6. Patch
    July 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Sounds like a yummy idea, might have to have a go. Even in the rain!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Well, it was definitely raining here and I enjoyed it 😀

  7. ceciliag
    July 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Just divine, we have endless sun and sky high temps, so This is just perfect, If i can find some peaches! c

  8. Joseph Tkach
    July 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I have never heard of clear lemonade–the lemon juice always makes it cloudy. Where does it come from?

  9. Spoon Feast
    July 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Blinni! Perfect for the outrageously hot weather we are having. Not a cloud in the sky but I am drinking this inside. It is far too hot to be outdoors. Rain would be nice, it is an excuse to go dancing!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Exactly! Stupid weather. You’re on the lucky side of it though…

  10. Stephanie
    July 3, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Wow! I love peaches and peaches mixed with wine is even better! I

  11. Mama's Gotta Bake
    July 3, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Oh man, that looks so good!

  12. Korena in the Kitchen
    July 3, 2012 at 6:29 am

    This looks so much more appealing than the slushy, sugary, fake peach bellinis that are popular in restaurants here!

    Re: WordPress feed – I contacted support and then by the time they got back to me, your posts were showing up again and they were all, “What seems to be the problem?” Very odd.

  13. Juls
    July 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    OOOOooooooooooooooooo look at you being all fancy with the cocktails! For years the only bellinis I knew were the horribly over-sweet procurements one made at various cheap bars and when I finally had a real one it was like an epiphany. This looks like it’s waiting to be someone’s epiphany-cocktail.
    I am so bored of this rain. My housemate is a meteorologist (well, he studied and trained and qualified as a meteorologist but there just aren’t that many jobs so he’s actually a stripper) and every morning he stands outside and looks all serious and comes inside to give us news on how crap the weather will be today and makes facebook posts in meteorology language and gets excited about heavy rain. It just pushes the point home too far.

    • movita beaucoup
      July 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      You know, Juls has some of the best comments ever. Who’d of thunk that the words: procurements, epiphany, meteorologist and stripper would appear in one comment? Genius!

      • Juls
        July 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        I’m glad others appreciate nonsense!

      • frugalfeeding
        July 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

        I know! I’m a bit annoyed, usually I come out with the ridiculous.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      What a wonderful comment, Juls :D. A little… unexpected :D.

  14. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    July 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Well, it’s very hot here and I could use some spritzing. Looks great.

  15. Just A Smidgen
    July 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely.. lovely.. lovely.. I often order bellini’s and now I can make my own at home.. given the quantities of rain expected for the week.. I’ll have to make a rather large pitcher and add the bubbles as I go along.. xo

  16. mylifeinfocusblog
    July 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Love Belinni’s. Will try your variation. I’m into pina coladas at the moment. But that can change at any sec. Thanks for your recipe.

  17. Heather
    July 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I *heart* Bellinis! Raspberry & Peaches also make a mighty fine Bellini, I love how you made this into a sprtizer, nicely done for your first cocktail post!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Haha, awesome! That does sound great. Thanks, Heather.

  18. Liz Tesar
    July 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I love Bellinis! This looks delicious!

  19. Sublime Palate
    July 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Bellini peach is one of my favorite cocktails! Though the one I’ve had has some champagne in it too. Never thought of making it at home. Thanks for the idea and recipe:)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Awesome! I really don’t like champagne :P. I hope you enjoy it.

  20. allythebell
    July 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Hmmm, I love bellinis!

  21. spree
    July 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Further evidence that I’ve lived a life of unnecessary self-denial! How is it that I’ve never had a bellini spritzer?

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Haha – you have to have one, they are incredible.

  22. baconbiscuit212
    July 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    That looks good!

    But the glass is too small!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks! I think I agree, Daisy. which is why I drank all of that…

  23. theplumpalate
    July 6, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Donut peaches!! My favorites. I almost want to scold you for whirring them into a drink and not eating them plain but since it looks so amazing, you’re forgiven. Looks wonderful. Oh, and we’re just ahead of you re: summer. The past two days have been glorious. Before that, rain and more rain.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Ahha – yet another name for them! Haha, I am sorry. Still no summer here.

  24. Willow
    July 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I would take cool and rainy over the 100+ degree weather here any day! I haven’t cooked in ages because it’s too hot to even turn on the stove. A cocktail sounds nice, though! I’ve never heard of a bellini, but peaches and alcohol are a great combo!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      I’d lake a day on day off approach to the weather. Hope you can cook soon 😀

  25. cakeboule
    July 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I always wondered what went into it and now I know. Anything with Prosecco in is a winner. I just wish we had sunshine to go with it!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Indeed you do, Jacqueline. Glad I could help. I know – really want some sun.

  26. Laurie
    July 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hello. I enjoy your blog and have nominated you for an award. Laurie

  27. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    July 10, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Having a party tomorrow and have some peaches….will make this!

  28. erin
    July 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Sozzled?! Sozzled! I clearly now have to try this. Just because you said the word ‘sozzled’. I love it.

  29. thelittleloaf
    July 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve only just seen this. Fresh peach bellinis are on of my favourite drinks in the whole wide world – they do one at the River Cafe which is just to die for.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Oooooh – what’s the river cafe and where can I find it?

  30. Kimby
    July 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Peaches are in season in Oklahoma and this seems like a lovely way to enjoy them without heating up the kitchen. Thanks!

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