The Original Bellini: The Cipriani signature cocktail

The Bellini has a soul that speaks for itself.

Bellini’s secret

A sweet and soft aperitif in which the velvety flavour of fresh white peaches blends with the vivacity of Prosecco, giving life to a cocktail that is a riot of life, both for the eyes and for the palate.
The original Bellini recipe has had the same ingredients since the cocktail was first invented in 1948: white peaches and Prosecco, which complement each other perfectly.

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The history of the aperitif dedicated to freedom

In 1948, war and liberation were vivid memories in people’s hearts. This is why Giuseppe Cipriani, within the walls of his recently re-opened Harry’s Bar in Venice, decided to create a cocktail to celebrate peace: the Bellini. This aperitif with a taste a freedom was names after Giovanni Bellini, the famous painter also known as Giambellino – in fact in 1948 an exhibition of all his works was held at Palazzo Ducale. Since then, Bellini has gone down in history as a classic cocktail; an external symbol of freedom, artistic expression and sharing of memorable occasions.



The Bellini in the bottle has the same rosy colour as the cocktail served at Harry’s Bar in Venice: a sophisticated nod to the colour of ripe white peaches.


Enveloping and soft, the Bellini is fresh and fruity at the same time: a sweet prelude to its timeless flavour.


From the first sip a sparkling panache, which enhances the sweetness of the peach, which in turn balances the sour note of the prosecco.


The Cipriani Bellini glass

The perfect glass to serve a Bellini is one that is comfortable to hold, whilst allowing you to savour the taste of sparkling and fresh white peaches. Giuseppe Cipriani wanted to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of the usual slim chalice with a stem – instead choosing a larger glass with a unique cylindrical shape, allowing you to feel at home whilst sipping a refined cocktail.


The Bellini from yesterday to today

The Bellini is timeless and lively. These photographs pay homage to the original Bellini and friends of Harry’s Bar.

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This section contains the questions that Cipriani Drinks customers ask themselves most frequently. If the answers you are looking for are not present, do not hesitate to send your questions via the contact form.

You can purchase the original Bellini from any of the following stockists.

The Bellini is an aperitif cocktail that is prepared with white peach pulp and Prosecco and served in a typical glass. Discover all the steps of the Bellini recipe here to prepare it at home.

To ensure the ideal preservation of the Bellini, we advise advisable to store unopened bottles away from light and any sources of heat, in a dry and cool environment. The ideal place, not surprisingly, is in the cellar. Once opening, the bottle should be stored in the fridge and be consumed within 2 or 3 days.

The original Bellini has a shelf life of 18 months from bottling. Once opened, it is best consumed within 2 or 3 days.

Bellini, like its parent, Prosecco, is not hypercaloric: 100ml of Bellini contains approximately 70kcal.