Giuseppe Cipriani, owner at Venice Italy’s Harry’s Bar, dreamed up the Bellini in 1948. Cipriani named his refreshing pastel bubbler after the 15th century painter Viovanni Bellini, and his painting of a saint in a glowing pink gown.
The Bellini’s beauty lies in its simplicity. It is loaded up with sweet, summery effervescence and a delightful fruity finish. Here, a skosh of passion fruit adds bright acidity without being too tart. The next time you plan to serve mimosas, get wild and try Bellinis instead!
With this next round, I conceived and delivered the offspring of a margarita and cherry lemonade. In other news, my incredible wife did the same for us on July 3. And they are my truest joys in life!
The chili liqueur and mezcal pair perfectly with the cherry and provide the subtlest smokey-spicy tingle. Meyer lemons and bitters offer additional fruity complexity and spice. It’s a richly hued festive, fruity eye-opener. Enjoy this for your next taco night or backyard BBQ!
The burden of proof is now yours. Go make a good drink (or child) for a good friend (or partner)!