Now that we have Cosa Dolce back in the tasting room, I’ve received several requests for my favorite summer party beverage: La Cosa Dolce Vita Bellini. This is light and perfect for picnics and summer barbecues. Enjoy!
La Cosa Dolce Vita Bellini
(Made with Morovino Cosa Dolce)
1 large ripe peach (about the size of a tennis ball)
2T Club Soda or Ginger ale (Mrs. Vino likes Diet Ginger ale)
½ C. ice cold Cosa Dolce
1 t. orange juice
The Bellini was invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice and is generally made with Prosecco (sparkling wine). BUT, we think it is FAAAAABUUU when made with ice cold Cosa Dolce. Remove the peach pit, then cut the peach in cubes (including skin), and puree in your blender, food processor or mini-chopper. You want it very well liquified. Put 4 t. of peach puree in the bottom of a wine glass. Add 2T of club soda or ginger ale and stir well. Add the Cosa Dolce and the orange juice. Give another quick stir to blend. My one peach made about 4 glasses. ENJOY!
If you want to do a pitcher of these, use 2 peaches, 1 bottle of Cosa Dolce, 8 ounces of Club Soda or Ginger ale and 2 ounces of orange juice—assemble as above. Then bask in the glory of your friends’ admiration.
For a fun twist, try a frozen Bellini! Do these in full pitchers and Replace the fresh peach with 1/2 of a 10 oz bag of frozen peaches (I give my blender a break and let the peaches thaw just a tiny bit first). Kind of like a frozen margarita, only better!