Saturday, August 16, 2014

Peach flavored popsicles or Bellini, summer heat antidote!

Bellini is a very popular Venetian drink, invented by Giusepe Cipriani in the first half of the last century, this drink was very popular in Harry´s bar that was founded by Cipriani himself. Unfortunately when I visited Venice many years ago, I was unaware that such a beautifully made drink was available. Thanks to one of Jamie Oliver's shows in which he cooked in Venice I discovered the famous Bellini drink.

As Madrid summers can get really hot, I always try to make refreshing recipes that are just so refreshing and cool you off. Being a fan of the old casual popsicle, I decide that a fruit flavored popsicle is what I need to counter the heat. I had many ideas in mind but while doing my grocery shopping I saw beautiful, ripe and inviting peaches and wanted a popsicle that would do justice to this most wonderful fruit. As the Bellini cocktail is essentially a peach based drink I adapted its recipe to become a perfect summer popsicle.

So to make 8 popsicles, 90ml each, you will need:
  • 400 g of peach purée
  • simple sugar syrup
  • 30  to 60 ml of champagne or sparkling white wine (but not more or the pops won´t fully freeze)
For the simple syrup you need:
  • 130 g sugar
  • 100 g water
  • 1 tsp corn syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
First of all, prepare the syrup by mixing the sugar, water and corn syrup and let them simmer on a gentle heat.  When the sugar is fully dissolved add the lemon juice let it boil for 1 or 2 minutes then turn off the heat and let it cool.

Add the cooled syrup over the peach purée then the champagne and mix well.
Pour the mixture in the molds, and freeze for at least 5 hours. If you don't have molds and don't feel like buying, you can put the mix in paper or plastic cups or even make them into ice cubes.

These popsicles are really refreshing and make these hot summer days and nights more tolerable. Make some and savor with family and friends.

Here is a link to a pink lemonade popsicles that I made last year; they were super delicious!