Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another Lazy Sunday

There seems to be a theme to Sundays in our house: laziness, the patio, and afternoon cocktails of some kind. Today is no different, although the seasons are definitely changing. Soon, our Sundays will consist of laziness, football and beer. But for now, I am hanging on with both hands to these last gorgeous sunshiney days, where it is actually to warm to sit in the sun and I am huddled under our only tree with the laptop for some reprieve in the shade. 

Since we had a bottle of champagne open (another theme??), I decided it was peach bellini time. Maybe my version isn’t the typical definition of a bellini…according to Wikipedia, a bellini is a mixture of peach puree and sparkling wine. This has both of those, but perhaps a more accurate name would be “Frozen Peach Bellini.” 

Our obsession with these drinks started at a local restaurant where a peach bellini costs $9. As you can imagine, our bill would skyrocket in a hurry after we each had a few of these at a Sunday brunch. A few years ago for Mother’s Day, we took Mom and Dad here and ordered the bellinis. My dad, a former bartender, proclaimed, “We could make these at home for free!” This is one of his favorite sayings. However, the funny thing is that it isn’t actually free, but it is a whole lot cheaper. I mean, we’re not knocking off the liquor store to get our peach bellini makings, right? So he proceeded to go stand at the bar and watch the bartender make our order. He came back, triumphant, and now we’ll never have to pay $9 for a peach bellini again. 

Frozen Peach Bellinis 

A few notes:

You can use fresh peach puree, but I use the bottled stuff (Finest Call). For this recipe, it’s just as good and keeps in the fridge for quite awhile, so you can always have a bellini at your fingertips. 

Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, brought to a boil and then cooled. This will also keep in the fridge for a while, but you can also buy this bottled. Both are fine.

5 ounces peach puree
4 ounces peach schnapps
4 ounces sparkling wine
splash of simple syrup
3-4 cups crushed ice (depending on how thick you like it) 

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until no ice chunks remain. 

These quantities make either two super-sized drinks or four more normal-sized drinks. 

So easy and SO good. These can be consumed at an alarmingly fast rate, and are the perfect companion to your next brunch (or lazy Sunday).

Enjoy that sun while you can…and even after you can’t, a peach bellini will always lift your spirits.


  1. Oooh I LOVE Bellinis! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

  2. Ooo... this sounds so tempting and refreshing. Love the mixture of fruits. thanks for sharing & enjoy your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. Father knows best!

  4. hi karen, nice blog! delicious looking recipe too .. :)

    come visit my blog soon! we can xchange some ideas along the way

  5. It's a good thing to have a talented bartender in the family . . . I'm craving a Cosmo as I type this!

  6. I am with you the cost of drinks and wine when you are in a restaurant. We love the byob restaurants here. I love your glasses and the blinis look really good.

  7. We had fresh peach bellinis last Sunday

  8. Karen,
    Looks like one tasty, refreshing, and cooling drink! Perfect for any lazy hot day, why wait for Sunday!

    Bon appetit!

  9. We just had a Sunday family lunch. Wow, sure could have used a nice glass of that amazing Bellini. Instead, we just had sparkling water..sigh...

  10. sounds yummy. I don't know if you would end up seeing my post back to you on my blog But I ended up getting a Breville juicer. It had the best reviews. I think spinach (with an added fruit like apple or strawberries) is the best. You really can't taste the spinach at all.

  11. This drink looks very refreshing and delicious. Would be great on a warm summer day.

  12. First...what lovely glasses, and the Frozen Peach Bellinis sounds and looks delicious. Have a great week.

  13. The drinks sounds wonderful...and I love lazy Sundays :)

  14. Wow! I am speechless. I can't wait for Sunday!