James Hogan, mixologist at the pink-walled DC restaurant Hudson (2030 M St., NW; 202-872-8700; hudson-dc.com), sets a Barilla-commercial-like romantic mood with this salty-sweet combination of a Bellini, fresh white peaches, and Pecorino (not all in one glass, thankfully). He makes the Bellinis with Prosecco and peach bitters, then sets out a plate of sliced peaches and the Italian cheese for nibbling.
Peaches and Pecorino
4 ripe white peaches
Fee Brothers peach bitters
½ cup simple syrup (Bring ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water to a boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved.)
Blanch 2 peaches in boiling water. Remove the peaches and slip off their skins. Cut in half and remove the pit.
Add peaches and simple syrup to a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour ½ ounce of peach puree into each Champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and 2 dashes of peach bitters. Mix with a spoon.
Slice the remaining peaches and a wedge of Pecorino into thin pieces. Take one bite of peach, follow it with a slice of Pecorino, and finish with a sip of Bellini.
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