Ginger honey Bellini, you’re going to love this twist on a traditional Bellini. The Bellini was invented by Guiseppe Cipriani, owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice. A traditional Bellini is made with Prosecco and puréed peaches. The drink’s color reminded Cipriani of the color of a toga that a saint was wearing in a painting by Giovanni Bellini. You gotta love a classy drink inspired by a toga. Toga! Toga! Toga! 🙂
Bellini’s are perfect for a brunch, especially a Mother’s Day brunch. I wanted to give the tradition Bellini a twist, so I decided to incorporate some ginger and honey. You’ll need sparkling wine or Champagne, ginger brandy, peach nectar, honey, and candied ginger to garnish. The candied ginger smells wonderful and the Bellini color is beautiful, such a unique drink. Your guests are going to love it!
You can purchase candied ginger or make your own. I get a little nervous making anything sort of candy, but it turned out to be very easy. I used Alton Brown’s candied ginger recipe. Since I didn’t need a pound of candied ginger around (because I’d be eating it all and I do try to avoid sugar), I scaled it down. I used fresh ginger and my candy had some extra zing to it! The spicy of the ginger and the sweet of the sugar go so well together. I did have some left over candied ginger which I saved in an airtight container. It’s great as a treat on it’s own, or to sprinkle on desserts and ice cream.
If you need to save yourself some time, Trader Joe’s carries candied ginger and you can order it on line (Trader Joe’s Crystallized Candied Ginger).
Enjoy and have fun starting your morning with a ginger honey Bellini! Make sure you come back and let me know what you think.