Wednesday, September 28, 2011

apple bellini

Yummy note: I came across this cool website other day called Kitchen PLAY which is hosting a contest featuring apples! The US Apple Association is sponsoring a giveaway at Kitchen PLAY this month where you need to recreate a recipe from this month's Progressive Party and then blog about it. Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen showed off her Apple Mojito cocktail in which I took a turn at recreated my own apple bellini cocktail. If you want to join the fun, do so before September 30th, and you can enter the Kitchen Play Progressive Party for your very own chance to win!

Apple Bellini (or Sparkly Apple Drink)

about 2-3 apples to make an apple puree (or you may substitute using a prepared unsweetened applesauce)
1 bottle of sparkling wine, apple cranberry juice, cider, or champagne
couple of cinnamon sticks and thinly sliced apple slices for garnish

Create an apple puree by cooking some peeled, chopped apples with a few tablespoons of water in a saucepan until the apples are tender. Roughly about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until fully cooked. Remove from heat, cool, and puree apples. Yummy note: For some extra fun, I took some of the apple puree and froze it so that it could be used in the drink as ice cubes.

Next, prepare your apple bellini or using 1 part apple puree and about 2 parts champagne or sparkling wine. To make a non-alcoholic sparkly apple drink, just substitute the champagne with a sparkling apple-cranberry juice or cider! Stir together and top with apple wedge and cinnamon stick garnish. Enjoy!


  1. This recipe was a real hit at Kitchen PLAY this month. I love your version, and think it's a great mocktail/cocktail to serve at a party, as you can cater to both the kids and adults in the crowd (keeping close tabs on which glasses have the champagne!).

    Thanks for entering and good luck in the giveaway.

    Kitchen PLAY

  2. Yeah! thank you to everyone at Kitchen PLAY and of course the US Apple Association. I won! :)

  3. I always enjoy the taste of apple cranberry, so I guess this one will pass my standard on cocktails. ;) The yummy note you've shared seems interesting. I'll try that too the next time I create an apple cocktail.

    Corey Glenn