In the same realm as Chartreuse, Benedictine is another one of those age-old (300+ yrs) herbal liqueurs from Europe (France) made with a blend of secret herbs and spices (27) that only a few (3) people know at one time. It’s sold as a 40% ABV standalone liqueur, as well as mixed with brandy – a product appropriately named B&B (benedictine&brandy) which came about in the 30s due to the popular practice of mixing brandy with the liqueur.
Taste-wise, Benedictine is complexly sweet and herbal with citrus & honey notes amongst many others that are harder to describe. It can be sipped on its own over ice, mixed with brandy/cognac for a classic homemade B&B, or my fav option: mixed into cocktails to add some delicious complexity and herbal tones.
Here’s a classic simple recipe from the 30s to showcase the liqueur:
- 1oz cognac
- .5oz Benedictine
- .5oz lemon
Shake and strain into a coupe.
Find more recipes with Benedictine here.