Fino Bellini


  • Serves 8 - 10 people

"The Bellini, traditionally a Venetian drink of white peach and prosecco, gets an indigenous promotion here - the Australian nectarine season is short on time, but huge on flavour," says Philips. "Make the most of it at your next barbecue. You can pass the nectarines through a mouli if you have one, which is a specification in the original Bellini recipe from Harry's Bar to minimise oxidation." Makes 1.5 litres.

  • 500 ml fino Sherry (see note)
  • 750 ml dry sparkling wine
  • Bellini base
  • 2 large ripe yellow nectarines, stones removed, coarsely chopped
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • 55 gm (ΒΌ cup) caster sugar
01   For Bellini base, blend nectarines, lemon and sugar in a blender until smooth, adding a little water to thin if necessary to a thick sauce consistency. Refrigerate until required.
02   To serve, pour 30ml Fino solera into chilled Champagne coupes, add 30ml Bellini base and top with sparkling wine (about 60ml each).
Note A locally produced fino-style wine such as Seppeltsfield flor-style works well here.
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