California White Peach and Sparkling Wine Cocktail (aka Bellini)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- 2 ripe white peaches, peeled, halved, pitted and chopped, plus 1 cut into thin slices
- Very cold California sparkling rose wine, as needed
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Combine the sugar, 1/2 cup water, vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is melted. Remove the vanilla bean, transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
Combine the vanilla sugar syrup and chopped peaches in food processor and process until smooth. Put some of the puree into the bottom of 4 Champagne flutes, or a pitcher. Top with cold sparkling wine and garnish with sliced peaches and mint sprigs.
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