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Brasserie Lebbe

Brasserie Lebbe 1.000

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post; Flute From Crate and Barrel

Feb 11, 2009

Eau de vie, generally poured as an after-dinner digestif, is challenging in cocktails. But as used here, it makes a cocktail that would be wonderful served earlier, perhaps even as a replacement for the mimosa at brunch.

Neyah White, of Nopa in San Francisco, named the drink after a Belgian producer of saison farmhouse ales that have pear and yeasty notes, as this cocktail does. It works best with champagne rather than other sparkling wines.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce pear eau de vie
  • 3/4 ounce Licor 43 or Tuaca
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 ounces dry champagne


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice. Add the eau de vie, Licor 43 or Tuaca, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne.

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Adapted from Neyah White, bar manager at Nopa in San Francisco.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 64

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 4mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 2g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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