Monday, January 2, 2012

Lazy (Wo)Man's Bellini

Cheers to a Happy and Healthy 2012! 

Cheers from my couch!

This year, I opted to stay in and enjoy the festivities on my couch.  I got myself a nice bottle of champagne, set up some cheese & crackers and snacks, and relaxed in my jammies!

Just to spice it up a bit, I decided to make bellini's with my champagne.  However, when I looked up some bellini recipes online, they looked kind of of crazy with all these ingredients and directives to puree peaches with food processors.  Let's be honest - I originally envisioned myself sipping the champagne directly out of the bottle with a curly straw (curly straws were as fancy as I was getting) so anything involving food processors was way beyond my commitment level.   

Taking matters into my own hands, I came up with the lazy man's bellini recipe and if I do say so myself, its a pretty tasty quick fix!  I'm sure the fancy recipes taste fabulous, but for those of you not interested in doing anything more than opening some jars, I thought I'd share:

(Disclaimer: I had about 6 bellini's before I decided to take some pics and share the recipe, so excuse the quality of my pics hehe)

Lazy (Wo)Man's Bellini

1 bottle of Champagne, chilled
Peach nectar or juice, chilled
Maraschino cherries and some of its juice

Just 3 ingredients: maraschino cherries, peach nectar, and champagne!
I picked up the peach nectar at a local Asian grocery store (M2M).  I opted for nectar over juice because nectar has a stronger, thicker, and sweeter taste than juice - perfect for mixing in cocktails!  If you only have juice on hand, I'm sure that's fine as well (the peach taste may be a bit diluted but still tasty).

Pour the peach nectar into a champagne glass until it is about 1/3 full.

 Fill the rest of the glass with champagne.  Don't stir as the champagne may loose some of its effervescence.  The drink is tasty enough as is, but if you like you can use a spoon to pull some of the nectar up. 

Add a splash of cherry juice and drop a cherry in (if desired).  The original recipe included cherry juice to give the drink a pink glow but I just really love maraschino cherries.  Any excuse to use it and I'm in!

And that's it - Cheers and enjoy!

Thanks for reading - Piggy KK


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