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Bénédictine

pete k Oct 5, 2011 11:45 AM

I recently got a bottle and I'm wondering if any hounds can give me some tips/recipes/ideas...anything would be helpful.

Thanks in advance..

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    kagemusha49 Oct 24, 2011 12:19 PM

    Well, obviously a mixture of Benedictine and cognac is so popular that they sell it premixed as B&B - pretty nice. Buy it that way or mix it yourself. I actually visited the Benedictine museum in Fecamp (Normandy area of France) - it's an interesting place to visit and is a strange mixture of something like a Ripley's believe-it-or-not type of chateau and a museum of liqeur blending.

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      theregoesnorman Oct 23, 2011 11:09 PM

      One of the only vodka drinks I like highlights Benedictine:

      The Gypsy

      1 1/2 oz Vodka
      3/4 oz Benedictine
      1 dash Angostura

      Some recipes call for 1 3/4 oz, but I find 1 1/2 suffices, and it's easier to mix with my jiggers at home. I used Grey Goose, but only because the bottle's been in my fridge for years. I've also tried a variation with B&B, and it's quite good as well.

      Has anyone ever tried something like this with yellow Chartreuse? Might be an interesting drink...

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 7, 2011 06:26 PM

        A classic use of Bénédictine is in the Singapore Sling:

        1 ounce fresh lime juice
        2 ounces gin
        1 ounce Cherry Heering
        1/2 ounce Bénédictine
        1/2 ounce brandy
        Shake well with ice cubes, strain into a tall glass, add 1-1/2 ounces club soda, add ice cubes to fill. Garnish with an orange slice and mint sprig.

        The full-size recipe is, as you can see, quite potent. When I'm behind the stick I make people half-size ones.

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          jaykayen Oct 6, 2011 10:31 PM

          I love the Chrysanthemum as an aperitif cocktail:

          2 oz dry vermouth
          1 oz Benedictine
          1 tsp absinthe

          stir and strain into cocktail glass. garnish with a slice of expressed orange peel (the orange peel is a must!)

          1. yarm Oct 6, 2011 07:08 PM

            One good egg white one that I tried recently:

            Jubilant
            1/2 Booth's Dry Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
            1/4 Benedictine (3/4 oz)
            1/8 Lemon Juice (3/8 oz)
            1/8 Orange Juice (3/8 oz)
            1 Egg White
            Shake once without ice and once with. Strain into a cocktail glass.

            A classic I was introduced to at Easter Standard:

            Frisco Sour
            1 1/2 oz Rye (Bourbon would work well here)
            3/4 oz Benedictine
            3/4 oz Lemon Juice
            Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.

            And a good intro to the spirit, and riff on the Manhattan (has horse racing roots) that I was introduced to at Green Street here in Cambridge, MA:

            Preakness
            1 1/2 oz Rye
            3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
            1 barspoon Benedictine (1/8 oz although some recipes as high as 1/4 oz)
            1 dash Angostura Bitters
            Stir with ice and strain. Garnish with a cocktail cherry if you so feel like it.

            http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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            1. re: yarm
              davis_sq_pro Oct 6, 2011 07:18 PM

              Preakness is awesome. I like to cut back on the vermouth a bit and up the Benedictine to 1/4oz. It gives the drink an amazing smooth mouthfeel.

              Another great drink is Monte Cassino:

              3/4 oz each: Benedictine, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, rye
              Shake/strain

              Benedictine + yellow Chartreuse is one of those alchemical, greater than the sum of its parts mixtures in the world of mixology. Really a fantastic combination.

              1. re: yarm
                pete k Oct 6, 2011 08:01 PM

                Thank you!

                Surprisingly I have most everything stocked already. I recently picked up some Hendrick's and couldn't really get into it, or most gins for that matter. Do you have any recommendations for a starter gin?

                It sounds like I need to add Chartreuse to my bar, unfortunately it's a bit on the pricey side here locally. Any suggestions?

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                  hawkeyeui93 Oct 6, 2011 08:12 PM

                  As far as answering the "starter gin" question, I find Boodles and Bombay Regular [not Sapphire] to be excellent representations of London Dry Gin.

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93
                    yarm Oct 6, 2011 09:30 PM

                    Bombay Dry is a great gin! It or Beefeater make great 1.75L house gin selections (i.e.: good for most drinks, perhaps buy a $30/750mL bottle for special drinks). Both of those run around $28 for that larger size.

                    A great starter gin is Plymouth. It's lighter than most but it is still a decent dry gin style that will get you moving in the direction of more robust ones.

                  2. re: pete k
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                    lowereastrittenhouse Oct 7, 2011 03:53 PM

                    Chartreuse is expensive, no way around it. You can sometimes find 375ml bottles - not as good a value but they require less sunk cost in your bar. Make sure you like the taste of Chartreuse first - I love it, but many don't.

                    +1 on the suggestion of Plymouth gin.

                2. sku Oct 5, 2011 12:02 PM

                  Benedictine adds a nice sweet spice to whiskey in cocktails. Here are a few that I like:

                  Vieux Carre

                  3/4 ounce rye whiskey
                  3/4 ounce brandy
                  3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
                  1/8 ounce Benedictine
                  1 dash Peychaud's bitters
                  1 dash Angostura Bitters
                  Garnish with a lemon twist.
                  Stir everything with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

                  Cocktail a la Louisiane

                  3/4 ounce rye whiskey
                  3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
                  3/4 ounce Benedictine
                  3 dash absinthe
                  3 dash Peychaud's bitters
                  Garnish with a cherry.
                  Stir everything with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

                  White Manhattan

                  1 1/2 ounces white whiskey
                  1/2 ounce Benedictine
                  1/2 ounce blanc vermouth
                  3 dashes orange bitters
                  Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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                    pete k Oct 5, 2011 12:37 PM

                    Excellent, thank you.

                    I found this one that I've had at a bar locally. Doesn't seem too difficult to recreate.

                    Daisy If You Do
                    Description
                    Bourbon, Amaro, Bénédictine, Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters, Agave nectar, Grapefruit juice, Lemon
                    Ingredients
                    2 sli Lemon (muddled)
                    2 oz Bourbon, Four Roses
                    1⁄2 oz Bénédictine
                    1⁄2 oz Agave nectar
                    1⁄2 oz Grapefruit juice
                    2 ds Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters, Fee Brothers
                    1⁄2 oz Amaro, CioCiaro (float)
                    2 sli Lemon (halved, dusted with nutmeg, as garnish)

                    1. re: sku
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                      lowereastrittenhouse Oct 5, 2011 08:18 PM

                      The Vieux Carre is one of my favorites.

                      Benedictine is also an important ingredient in the Singapore Sling, though it's more of a supporting role.

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