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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..

  1. 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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    1. re: sku
      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)

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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.

      2. 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.

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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. j
              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. 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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                  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. k
                    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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