In a Pear Tree

Thursday, December 24, 2015

One December when John and I were first dating, I was fascinated by Belle de Brillet, a Cognac infused with pears–and John wisely took note. The oddly wrapped package on the mantle of our first apartment was none other than a bottle of Belle de Brillet, and now the delicate spirit always reminds me of the holidays. I'm planning to indulge in a tipple of it in a Champagne cocktail this Christmas!

In a Pear Tree

1/2 oz pisco
1/2 oz Calvados
3/4 oz St-Germain
1/2 oz Belle de Brillet
dash of orange bitters

Combine pisco, Calvados, St-Germain, Belle de Brillet and orange bitters in a shaker or mixing glass with ice; stir until chilled. Pour into a flute or coupe, top with Champagne and garnish with an orange peel.

Notes: Belle de Brillet is much easier to find these days, but if collecting all these ingredients at your in-laws proves too difficult, a high-quality pear spirit topped with Champagne and finished with a dash of orange bitters will be just the ticket. 

Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday–cheers!


  1. Merry Merry and Happy New Years Lena!

  2. I've never heard of Belle de Brillet but I love the way the name sounds, and anything pear plus St. Germain sounds right up my alley! Hope you have the happiest NYE! :)



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