Cherry Bellini's are a sweet twist on this classic fizz recipe. Perfect for the festive season (Halloween included) these cherry cocktails are a favorite cocktail spin that are skinny and refreshing any time.
You've probably heard of or enjoyed a peach Bellini before. This lighter version Cherry Bellini has only two ingredients and is perfect for a cool down in summer, toasting under the Christmas tree and dressed up for Halloween with some dry ice. Because it does not use fresh cherries it's easy to make all year long.
Any cocktail that's fizzy and served in champagne flutes feels like a party! This bellini recipe is no different.
What makes this skinny?
These cherry Bellini's are a great skinny cocktails choice! Prosecco is the sparkling wine star of the classic cocktail. Prosecco has fewer calories than other sparkling wine (and other wines and liquor in general) like champagne. A six ounce glass of Prosecco is about 100 calories (see Prosecco notes for even fewer calorie options) and the same amount of champagne is 140 calories.
Instead of using simple syrup, tablespoons of cherry puree or cherry syrup which have a lot of sugar, we colored and flavored this cherry-based version of a Bellini with maraschino cherry juice which has only 10 calories for 1 ounce (we use ½ ounce per cocktail so 5 calories).
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Prosecco. This Italian sparkling wine is the key ingredient to a classic bellini cocktail. Chill it first unless making our Halloween version with dry ice. The dry ice will fully chill the prosecco when added to the cocktail.
Maraschino cherry juice. It's the juice that gives these cherry bellinis that vibrant red color and sweet cherry flavor. You'll use ½ ounce of cherry juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.
Maraschino cherry. Used as a garnish. Add one to the side of the glass. Make a cut in the bottom halfway into the cherry and put it on the glass rim.
Best Prosecco for a Skinny Bellini cocktail
Choosing Extra Brut or Brut Prosecco will have less sugar and therefore less calories. It still has the refreshing fizz and flavor of other Proseccos too.
Extra Brut: 60-80 calories per glass
Brut: 91-98 calories per glass
Because Prosecco is the main ingredient in a Bellini choose a good quality brand that fits with your budget. It's not the time to go for the cheapest brand.
How to make a Cherry Bellini
Add the maraschino cherry juice to a champagne glasses.
Top with prosecco.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Halloween dry ice option:
(Optional) Carefully add up to a 1” pellet of dry ice to the drink– it will begin to bubble and smoke for about 5 minutes. When the drink has finished smoking, enjoy.
Dry ice will cause the prosecco to bubble quite a bit so do not fill the glass more than ½ way full. See Dry Ice Safety tips below.
Dry Ice Safety
When dry ice is added to liquid it begins to smoke creating an eerie fog effect. There are some tips to know before using it. Review this Dry Ice Guide before using.
- It will cause the drink to bubble up so do not fill the glass more than halfway with the cocktail if planning to use dry ice.
- Dry ice will smoke for about 5 minutes then should be removed before drinking the cocktail (if swallowed it can cause burns)
- Always use caution when handling dry ice. Never touch dry ice– always use insulated gloves and silicone utensils.
- Never consume dry ice– wait until all drinks have finished smoking before enjoying.
- Keep dry ice in a well ventilated container and never leave dry ice where it is accessible to children and/or pets.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a skinny Bellini use Extra Brut or Brut prosecco which has less sugar and fewer calories.
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