Happy Friday! The welcome wagon of the weekend has arrived, and it’s time to unwind and relax from the hectic week. Belle of the Ball is a great-tasting cocktail that is sure to impress even the most discerning palate! You can find this recipe along with many others in my book, “Soirée Entertaining with Style.

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Belle of the Ball
Mint leaves (for ice cubes)
Ginger beer
16 ounces Belle de Brillet, a pear liqueur
1½ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
Sprigs of mint (for garnish)
8 stemless wineglasses

1. Fill ice cube trays with water and add mint leaves. Freeze overnight.
2. To serve individual drinks, fill a stemless wineglass half full with ginger beer and add 2 ounces Belle de Brillet.
3. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to taste and 2 or 3 large mint ice cubes.
4. Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.

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