This month, the GINtender will be experimenting with Bénédictine, an herbal liqueur which is fabled to have originated from an old Benedictine monk, Dom Bernardo Vincelli, in 1510. We will be posting new and exciting recipes daily and might even have a few original concoctions of our own that you can try at Wisdom/Fruit Bat/Church and State.
The Bénédictine that we know and love today is said to have been developed in the 19th century by one Alexandre Le Grand.
Bénédictine (around 80 proof) utilizes a secret recipe of 27 different kinds of herbs and spices and has a unique herbal flavor. In his own words, the GINtender most accurately describes it as “liquid sexual chocolate.”
It is most commonly mixed with brandy, known as a B & B, which cuts some of the sweetness and results in a dryer drink. The Bénédictine D.O.M company also produces a product called B & B, which of course stands for Bénédictine and Brandy. Each bottle of Bénédictine has D.O.M. printed somewhere on the bottle that stands for “Deo Optimo Maximo” or “For our best, greatest God.”
Be sure to check back daily for our latest cocktail suggestions and discoveries! If you have a few unique recipes of your own, feel free to share and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Check out Bénédictine D.O.M’s website to learn more.