My older daughter was recently in Russia and sent back a photo of a Bellinski, the Russian version of a Bellini. Instead of peach puree with champagne, they use champagne, sea buckthorn juice and vodka (because it’s Russia, so of course they add vodka.) Sea buckthorn is a citrus-y berry grown in the Himalayas and is said to have many beneficial health properties. It’s easy to order online, but expensive, so think of it as the Russian oligarch’s version of a Bellini.
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 6 ounces chilled champagne
- 1 ounce vodka, preferably from a bottle that has been in the freezer for several hours
- 2 ounces chilled sea buckthorn juice
- Combine champagne, sea buckthorn and vodka in a fluted glass and serve immediately