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Belle of the Ball Recipe


Belle of the Ball Cocktail

Belle of the Ball

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This is a rather interesting drink created by New York mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer. It features one of the Baileys Irish Cream that have a hint of extra flavor, in this case the hazelnut, along with brandy and a few complimentary liqueurs. It makes a delightful wintertime aperitif.

One thing that is a bit odd with this particular recipe is the vague reference to the accompanying liqueurs. Neither the Italian bitter or herbal liqueurs are defined by brands, which is unusual because the options each have such diverse profiles and will create very different drinks. For the Italian bitter liqueur, I would suggest Averna because it is a bit more mellow than the likes of Campari (though that may an option to experiment with), and Aperol would be another option. Then, on the herbal liqueur I would start with something like Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, Damiana, or even Strega.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a skewer with a candied hazelnut.

Recipe courtesy: Bailey's Irish Cream

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