Sunday, 11 January 2009

Cocktail hour

Hans is starting to get a bit nervous about the A to Z challenge he's set himself, particularly as regards the tail-end of the alphabet with its all difficult, high-scoring-at-Scrabble letters. But we're still near the start of his quest, and his spirits remain high.

We're on B this week, and with a nod to Hans' favourite city, Venice ("the queen of the Adriatic!" he trills) he presents the wonderfully refreshing Bellini - white peach juice and Prosecco. 

The Bellini is associated with Harry's Bar in Venice, where it was said to be invented by the bar's founder, Giuseppe Cipriani. It's still there, but it's now frankly a soulless and dispiriting joint, where you drink your Bellini at about 35 euros a go (for when you're there it seems perverse and silly to drink anything else, despite the price) surrounded by self-conscious tourists all doing the same, flicking through their Lonely Planets. 

Better to make it at home, with the best peach juice you can find, and dream of Venice as it should be.

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