Nini Bellini

I've named this beautiful cocktail after Leo Caplan's wife, Janine (or 'Nini' as she's known by her nearest and dearest). Leo made a really generous donation to a charity called Help a London Child, and in return I said I'd name a recipe in this book after his lovely wife! A peach Bellini is the classic Venetian cocktail, and my mate Arrigo serves loads of them in his world-famous establishment, Harry's Bar. Arrigo's grandad, Giuseppe Cipriani, opened Harry's in 1931, and because he was a bit of a genius he ended up inventing not only this beautiful cocktail but also another thing I absolutely love - carpaccio. The story goes that when Giuseppe first made this cocktail the sun was setting and the colours in the drink were the same as the colours in his favourite Bellini painting...you can work out the rest! You can also get nice results using tinned (canned) peaches if you can't find beautifully ripe flat peaches.

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