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!