Pét Nat Cocktails: Easy to Make, Fun to Share
Pét Nat has ancestral roots as the original Champagne, and it’s a fantastic base for making classic Champagne Cocktails, which we hereby dub as a Pét Nat Cocktails. Here are two of my favorites.
Classic Pét Nat Cocktail
Dating back to the mid 1800’s it’s easy and fast to make.
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Agnostura bitters
dash of cognac or brandy (about a third of an ounce)
4 ounces of Pét Nat
1 piece of orange zest, about a half an inch wide
In a Champagne flute, place the sugar cube in the glass and add the Agnosturo bitters on the sugar cube. Pour the Cognac over it. Gently fill with Pét Nat. Squeeze the orange, skin-sides together and wipe around the rim of the glass, imparting the essence of the orange that you will enjoy as you sip.
Another favorite Pét Nat drink that’s easy to make and fun to share is the Bellini Cocktail. It has a great backstory too. It was invented at the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice shortly after WWII. The bartender named it after a 15th century painter Giovanni Bellini, after the unique pink color that reminded him of a toga of a saint painted by the Venetian artist.
For the Peach Purée
2 white peaches, pitted and quartered
2 ice cubes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
For the Cocktail
1 ounce peach purée
4 ounces Pét Nat
Garnish: slice of peach
For the Peach Purée (should yield about 3/4 cup of purée, enough for about 5-6 drinks)
In a blender add the peaches, ice, lemon juice and sugar. Blend until smooth. Adjust lemon or sugar to you taste. If you like it more like a juice, strain it through a strainer.
For the Cocktail
In a Champagne flute, pour in 1 ounce of purée. Slowly fill with Pét Nat, gently stirring to incorporate. Garnish with a slice of peach.
Note: If you’re in a pinch for time, you can substitute Peach liqueur for the peach purée.