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This wonderfully undeniable mix of gruff sophistication is the perfect cocktail to enjoy the rumble of the Bikes Blues and Barbecue festival that takes over the town this time each year.

LA BELLA DONNA COCKTAIL

la bella donna cocktail

3/4 ounce lemon juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

8 fresh mint leaves

1 1/2 ounces rum

1/2 ounce sherry

1/4 ounce Cynar

2 ounces champagne

Put lemon juice, simple syrup and mint in a cocktail shaker. Muddle mint, pressing down gently on the leaves with a wooden spoon to extract the mints essential oils. Add rum, sherry and Cynar. Top with ice, close shaker and shake for 5 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Oprah Magazine, May 2015

www.oprah.com/app/food.html

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