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Festive Ginger Pear Bellini Recipe with ‘Gold Flakes’

A festive ginger pear bellini drink that is perfect for any celebration – Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve or any other day! The pear accidentally but beautifully looks like gold flakes, which just adds to the festive celebratory feeling. 

 

Two champagne glasses clinking.

 

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The mild pear and punchy ginger are perfect with the champagne, prosecco or any dry, sparkling white wine. It is the fresh and delicious fall and winter counterpart of the traditional bellini. 

 

If you need more inspiration to fresh cocktails I can recommend the Penicillin cocktail packed with ginger and honey, the blood orange margarita, spiced orange hot toddy, and a grapefruit mint iced tea sangria. All of them fresh but also great for winter.

 

Champagne flute overflowing with champagne.

 

What is a bellini cocktail?

 

A bellini is a cocktail traditionally made with 1 part white peach puree and 2 parts prosecco. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine. The drink originated from Venice in Italy at Harry’s Bar somewhere between 1934 and 1948. The man behind the drink is named Giuseppe Cirpiani. 

 

Three champagne glasses with ginger pear bellini.

 

Why is it called a bellini?

 

Giuseppe said he named the drink the Bellini because the unique pink color reminded him of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini. The pink glow is sometimes made by a tiny addition of raspberry juice.

 

Champagne flutes seen from above.

 

What is the difference between a bellini and a mimosa?

 

It is very easy to confuse a bellini with a mimosa, after all they are both perfect celebratory and sparkly cocktails served in champagne flutes! There are just a few minor differences:

 

  • Bellini: 2 parts sparkling white wine, traditionally prosecco + 1 part fruit puree
  • Mimosa: 1 part sparkling white wine, traditionally champagne + 1 part fresh juice

 

While traditionally a bellini is made with white peach puree and a mimosa with orange juice, there are countless variations. Such as this ginger pear bellini or my elderflower grapefruit mimosa.  

 

Hand holding one champagne flute in the background. Two glasses in the foreground.

 

Ginger Pear Bellini

 

We will begin with the ginger pear simple syrup. It’s important to use a flavorful, ripe pear in order to get the best flavor for the bellinis. In a medium saucepan, add equal parts water and sugar, and peeled and sliced ginger. Over medium heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let this mixture cool a few minutes.

 

Steps to make a ginger pear bellini.

 

Meanwhile, chop your pear. Remove the pits and stem and roughly chop the pear, add to a blender. Now pour in the sugar mixture and blend until smooth. If you don’t want a punchy ginger flavor, you can now discard the ginger, but I love it. You can also add them raw directly into the blender, like in these pictures.

 

Pouring champagne into a coupe glass.

 

You can re-heat this mixture if you want to cook the pears. The ginger pear simple syrup will last about a week or two in the refrigerator. 

 

Let this completely cool in the refrigerator before mixing your ginger pear bellini cocktail. It may separate a little and turn to a darker brown color once it has set. Just give it a stir before placing 3 tbsp (or more if you want!) in each champagne flute and top with prosecco or champagne or any sparkling white wine. Now gently stir to combine.

 

Enjoy!

 

Two champagne flutes with ginger pear bellini.

 

Did you like this Ginger Pear Bellini Recipe? Here’s more food and drinks perfect for celebrations:

 

 

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This recipe was originally published on Feb 12th 2018, but updated on Dec 27th 2020 for better photos and content.

Two champagne glasses clinking.

Ginger Pear Bellini

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The pear in this ginger pear bellini actually looks like gold flakes, so it really looks like your treating yourself (or your significant other) with the most expensive bellini ever. But no, only delicious ginger pear bellini!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar* (65g)
  • 1/3 cup water* (80ml, or as needed)
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 ripe pears
  • 1 bottle prosecco, or any dry sparkling white wine

Instructions

  1. Ginger pear syrup: Add water, sugar and ginger to a saucepan. On medium heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let this cool for a few minutes. Remove seeds and stems from the pears and roughly chop them, put in a blender. If you want a thicker puree, use three pears*. Pour in the slightly cooled syrup. Add the ginger if you want extra punchy gingery flavor. Blend until smooth, cool completely.
  2. Once it's cold, add 3 tbsp into a champagne flute and pour in chilled prosecco (about 6 tbsp) or any dry sparkling wine. Gently stir and serve immediately.

Notes

* The amount of sugar and water may depend on your pears. If this makes a really thick puree, I would add more water (it should be possible to just gently stir the prosecco and puree and it will combine easily). If the pears are a little bland, I would add more sugar, up to 1/2 or 2/3 cup. Still bland? A little lemon juice can do the trick.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 22.7gFiber: 2.1gProtein: 0.5g

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Jade

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Oh my! I love this. Thank you for sharing

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Friday 5th of February 2021

Thanks Jade!

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