The Bellini

The Bellini

> Campari Cocktail
The Campari Cocktail is one of the best drinks featuring the distinct Italian aperitif. It is perfect for serving at dinner parties as a nice introduction before the meal. While Campari and bitters define this popular drink, it is important to choose your vodka wisely. Stick with the top-shelf vodkas that are nice and clean and you will have a great Campari Cocktail. Campari does have a very distinct, bitter taste and it often catches people by surprise at first. However, with a little time and dedication you can develop a palate for it and it may just become a new favorite. If a Campari-forward drink like this is too much, you may try easing into the taste with drinks like the Campari Cosmo, Fresh Squeeze, or Pink Campari.

INGREDIENTS
1 ounce Campari
3/4 ounce vodka
1 dash Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail

PREPARATION
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
Shake well.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Negroni

The Negroni

> The Negroni
It’s the original 1:1:1 cocktail (equal parts gin, vermouth, and Campari), but Chiltern Firehouse in London tweaked the ratio on this bittersweet Italian classic. This is part of BA’s Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Ingredients
SERVINGS: MAKES 1
1½ ounces gin
1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
¾ ounce Campari
1 orange

Preparation
Stir gin, vermouth, and Campari in an ice-filled mixing glass until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into an ice-filled rocks glass. 

Using a small serrated knife, remove a 1″ strip of peel from the orange (some white pith is okay); it should be stiff enough to provide some resistance when bent. Twist over drink to express oils; discard. Garnish with 3 very thin orange slices. Source: (from Bon Appetit)

Campari Cocktail

Campari Cocktail

> The Bellini
The Bellini is a popular sparkling wine cocktail and a perfect way to make your favorite wine a little peachy. The recipe is easy and the drink is a lot of fun.
The story behind the Bellini is that is was created in the 1930’s or 40’s at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy by bartender Giuseppe Cipriani. It was named after the Italian renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini.
Originally, the Bellini used sparkling Italian wine, particularly prosecco, and it is still made that way in Italy. Elsewhere, it is often made with Champagne, though most any sparkling wine will do.
The Bellini is a popular drink for brunch and if you want something a little more innocent, try the Baby Bellini.

NGREDIENTS
2 ounces peach juice, puree, or nectar
4 ounces prosecco or Champagne
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
PREPARATION
Pour the peach juice into a Champagne flute.
Slowly top with sparkling wine.
More Tips on Making the Bellini
When it comes to the peach ingredient, you have a few options. Peach juice would be the first choice, though if you cannot find that, I would recommend a peach nectar. If you use a puree, make it as smooth as possible.
Of course, a fresh peach juice from your juicer will make the freshest Bellini, just be sure to remove the pit first.