Two Famous Italian Cocktails
Today I am not writing about a particular wine, instead I want to introduce to you two very famous Italian cocktails: Rossini and Bellini. Both are very popular in Europe. Especially during spring and summer.
Rossini is actually very simple to make. All you need is Prosecco, a type of Italian sparkling wine, (it does not need to be an expensive bottle!) and fresh strawberry puree. Traditionally, Rossini is served in a martini glass. It is important to add the strawberry puree first. Pour the Prosecco on top of it and stir the drink. Rossini is usually a light drink so make sure to add enough strawberry puree – usually the Rossini consists of 1 part strawberry puree and 2 parts of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC. Ice cubs are usually not added but sometimes the drink is served with a little bit of crushed ice.
The Bellini is quite similar; yet also very different. It is prepared just like a Rossini but instead of using strawberry puree use white(!) peach puree.
Now there are some who say that the Rossini is a copy of the Bellini since it existed first, but they tastes so different that we cannot talk about a copy here. Personally, I prefer the Rossini since I love strawberries but I’d also not a decline a home-made Bellini.
Both cocktails are easy to make. If you never had one then you might as well buy some strawberries or white peaches and give it a try.
Rossini & Bellini both originated in the area around Venice. The Veneto is known for its Prosecco di Valdobbiadene and the Venetians invented a lot of Prosecco-based drinks. Next to Rossini & Bellini they invented other famous drinks like Aperol Spritz and Veneto Spritz (with a little help from the Austrians). The Rossini cocktail is named after Gioachino Rossini a famous Italian composer.
That is all for today. Let me know if you tried either of these two cocktails.
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