Sunday, February 8, 2009
Today was a terrific day. I'm 38! Not only was I able to celebrate with my boys and David, but I had girlfriends over and tried out a new drink. And, it's a weekend birthday. What could be better?
I invited friends over for a Bellini Birthday. I had never tried this drink and had always wanted to. However, I sent out the invitations before I fully looked into it. Turns out they require white peaches and fresh raspberries - not exactly in season in Indiana this time of year. But after consulting many recipes, I found that the majority recommended V8 Peach Juice. And Kroger had beautiful raspberries, so I was set.
The Bellini was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, owner of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy after WWII. Harry's were popular spots in Europe. The Bloody Mary and The Sidecar were both invented at Harry's in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s.
A traditional Bellini is made with white peach juice and Prosecco wine. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white, rather sweet. It's delicious by itself, and even better with the peach juice.
David did not care for the Bellini. Too sweet and more of a syrupy flavor than a light, refreshing flavor that I was expecting. I think it's the V8 peach juice I used. I think white peach juice would have been much crisper and less syrupy. Elise recommended frozen white peaches since the juice was not to be found. Great idea, Elise. I'd like to try these again sometime.
David's Swizzle Stick Rating:
The Bellini - 2 Swizzle Sticks
The Bellini - 1/2 cup Prosecco, 1/4 cup white peach juice, raspberry. Chill a champagne flute. Pour the chilled Prosecco and peach juice into the champagne flute. Mix and add a raspberry for garnish.
While I did not enjoy the Bellini as much as friends did, I had a WONDERFUL time with everyone watching Mamma Mia on the big screen. We put the sing-along words on and had a blast joining in. Three friends hadn't seen it yet so it was even more fun to share it with them. Bellinis, Mamma Mia, and yummy snacks? I can't think of a better way to celebrate turning 38!