friday at five :: bellini


The Bellini was invented sometime between the late 1930’s and the mid 1940’s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy.  Cipriani named the cocktail “Bellini” because of its unique pick color, which reminded Cipriani of the color of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th century Venetian artist, Giovanni Bellini.

Another Italian artist, Livia Cives, was recently inspired by the Bellini’s rich Venetian history to create this beautiful interpretation of the cocktail.  Livia used the island of Murano, just north of Venice, and the Murano glass for which it is so well known, as the inspiration for her color palette on this piece.

Bellini recipe:
2 oz. peach juice or peach purée
4 oz. Prosecco sparkling wine

Pour the peach juice or peach purée into a Champagne flute, slowly add the Prosecco, and enjoy!

{reblogged via The Art of Cocktails … Illustrated}

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