Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE champagne. And yes there is a difference in champagne, not all are created equal. Most people only open a bottle for a celebration and if thats you then splurge and buy the good stuff. DO NOT buy that crappy AndrÃ© or Cooks stuff. Don’t waste your money or the calories. Throw down $30-$50 and buy a nice bottle of champagne. You don’t need to spend $100 on a good bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.
However, after saying all that I would not splurge if you are going to be making a cocktail such as a bellini. If you like sweet use a Prosecco. If you like a bit more dry go with a bottle of Gruet Brut.
Bellinis are the perfect drink to serve at a sip and see (you all know what that is, right?), a wedding shower, Easter brunch… Its springy and light and sweet. I like blueberries floating in mine, but you can use raspberries or put a strawberry on the edge of the glass.
You can make a pitcher of these if you are having a large party, but the champagne kinda goes flat so I would stick to making them on an as needed basis if you can.
Here is a list of champagnes/sparkling wines that won’t break the bank:
Roederer Estate Brut- $30
Moet and Chandon Imperial Brut-$30
Laurent-Perrier Brut- $35-$42
Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut- $40-$45
Makes about 8 drinks
1 Bottle Champagne, Sparkling Wine or Prosecco-chilled
1 can Kern's Peach Nectar-chilled
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries for garnish
Use pretty champagne flutes to show off the beautiful peach color of this drink. Fill the flute about a 1/8-1/4 full of peach nectar (or about 1 Tablespoon) and fill the rest of the glass with champagne.
Garnish with a few blueberries and serve!