In need of a delicious festive drink? Meet the Kiwi Bellini with Mint…crisp, fresh, and sparkling with fun. It’s a kiwi twist on the classic Bellini, and I use prosecco and mint for a crisp, fruity-fresh taste. I love the simple elegance of this cocktail - give one of these a try, and it’ll be so refreshing that I promise you won’t be able to have just one…
Why this Recipe Works
The alcohol base for the Bellini is prosecco, with kiwi juice as the dominant flavor, garnished with mint. It has a slight sweetness due to the small addition of some sugar, which balances out the sharp crisp citrus flavor of the lemon juice squeeze and the tartness of the kiwi.
The cocktail is kept light and bubbly with the cold prosecco, which balances the denser kiwi puree. It’s such a refreshing cocktail with classic flavors, it has a universally appealing taste and will be great for people who are picky with their cocktails.
Ingredients & Substitutions
kiwi - I love the color and flavor that kiwi adds to this recipe, but you can use almost any fruit. This recipe works great with stone fruit like peaches and cherries, or berries.
prosecco - you can substitute with champagne, but I prefer the less-sweet prosecco for this recipe.
How to Make this Recipe
Place 3 of the kiwi, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Add 2 tablespoon of the puree to each glass and fill with cold prosecco. Then, top with a slice of kiwi and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.
Can you substitute champagne for prosecco?
Yes. Look for one that is labeled "brut" which let's you know it is dry. You can also use cava.
What is the difference between a bellini and a mimosa?
Bellinis are made with fruit puree, and mimosas are made with juice. Both use prosecco or champagne.
How long does the fruit puree last?
It will keep overnight in the refrigerator. Make sure to add the lemon juice so it doesn't brown.
My Favorite Cocktails
Along with this favorite drink of mine, here are some other cocktails you might love.
Kiwi Bellini with Mint
- 3 kiwis very ripe, peeled and quartered
- 1 kiwi very ripe, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bottle prosecco or champagne
- 1 small bunch fresh mint
- Place 3 of the kiwi, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
- Add 2 tablespoon of the puree to each glass and fill with cold prosecco.
- Top with a slice of kiwi and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.
This post was originally published in May of 2018 but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in December of 2020.
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