Berry Bellinis combine champagne, vodka, and fresh berries! This easy cocktail recipe is not only festive but delicious. I couldn't just drink one!
Bellini cocktail recipes are just as good as mimosas, but you get to drink them all day!
I didn't have a bellini until I was well into my 20s. I was in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay (there used to be a bar there called the Red Square). It was a vodka bar and they served the best peach bellinis, which I loved even though I don't like peach.
While mimosas are great, bellinis are even better. I'm not a huge fan of juice, so a bellini is the champagne cocktail for me.
What is the difference between a bellini and a mimosa?
While both are made with champagne or prosecco or some other sparkling wine, mimosas are also made with juice. A bellini is traditionally made without juice, but with peach puree and/or peach schnapps. The term bellini has come to signify more than just a peach champagne cocktail, however. Bellinis can be made with any fruit and any liquor.
How do you make a bellini?
Bellinis are as easy as pouring cocktails. A traditional one will have fruit puree, liquor, and bubbles. This recipe instead uses mashed berries and strawberry vodka, for a fun and festive cocktail that's not too heavy on the calories or sweetness. A berry bellini can be made with crushed fruit, although you can puree it if you want. I just love the look of the crushed fruit in this cocktail.
Not only is this drink lighter than a traditional bellini, it's just as tasty and it's festive for, say, Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
With just 3 ingredients, a Berry Bellini will be a hit at your next brunch or party. Strawberry vodka, champagne, and muddled berries combine for a refreshing champagne cocktail!
I love adding vodka to my mimosas and bellinis. For this berry bellini, I added Strawberry Vodka.
You can buy strawberry vodka at the liquor store, but you can also substitute raspberry or any other flavor you want. I know I've seen raspberry vodka at regular grocery stores recently. You could even use peach to make this taste even more traditional.
I love using prosecco, because I like it more than champagne, but use your favorite version of sparkling wine. Just make sure it's chilled!
To start this cocktail, you just add the berries to the vodka and muddle them a little. (Muddling your berries is just a fancy word for crushing them a bit.)
This cocktail tastes like one of those fruit infused waters, but with bubbles!
If you're looking for the perfect cocktail for brunch or a garden party, this is it. It's also a great way to be festive this Memorial Day!
How to make this berry bellini your own:
- I give instructions for making a pitcher in the recipe. That would make it like a sparkling white sangria!
- Add any flavor vodka.
- Use any kind of berry you like.
For one bellini:
- 1 ounce strawberry vodka
- 1 tablespoon fresh berries (any)
- 4 ounces champagne or prosecco
For a pitcher:
- 1/2 cup strawberry vodka
- 1 cup fresh berries (any)
- 1 bottle 750ml champagne or prosecco
To make one cocktail:
- Add vodka and berries to a champagne flute. Muddle to crush berries. Add chilled champagne. Serve.
To make a pitcher:
- Add berries and vodka to a pitcher. Let sit for at least 1 hour to soak. Just before serving, add chilled champagne.
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Dorothy is a blogger over at CrazyforCrust.com, where she's been sharing recipes with a slice of life for almost 10 years. She's married to Mel, the other half of Easy Good Ideas, and together they are raising a teenager and dog in Northern California.