I had a very low key, relaxing Mother’s Day this year. My girlfriend Bathsheba and I got together for brunch and let our kids entertain each other. We are both band widows and our husbands had gigs. So, when life hands you lemons, you drink fancy adult beverages… or some such shit. Champagne was a must but I wanted to try something a bit more elevated than regular ol’ mimosas… I’m a cocktail maven after all, I don’t do “regular ol'”. So, I whipped up this delicious mix in for our champagne and it was TO DIE FOR. In fact, I think I will make a large batch and freeze it when peaches are in their prime soon (Side bar: my bitches are gonna LOVE me when we visit the desert this year!).
I also want to shout out this fantastic product that I found at Whole Foods. It’s canned champagne! Ok, sparkling wine or whatever! It’s in a can! Yep. A little Red Bull esque can of bubbly goodness. I don’t expect you to make this your fancy celebratory “go to” but I’m being real, four cans at $12.99 ain’t too shabby! Each can was enough to do two Bellinis. That equals two glasses 3/4 full each. These little cans are picnic ready and will allow you to drink your bubbles in full stealth mode too! Anyway, these Bellinis were fantastic. Just a tiny variation in a traditional recipe gives it a subtle hint of ginger which pairs nicely with the peach.
You will need the following:
- 5 medium sized ripe white peaches, pitted and sliced
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 inch of ginger, sliced
- the juice of half a lemon
- Add sugar, water and ginger to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook 5-10 minutes stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Add sliced peaches and lemon juice to your food processor and pulse until smooth. Once there are no lumps, strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard pulp.
- Next, stir in the ginger simple syrup. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Pour about 2 Tbsp peach puree into a champagne flute and top off with your bubbles, garnish with fresh peach slices.