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An herbal liqueur beverage developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France. It is claimed that at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, monks had developed a medicinal aromatic herbal beverage which was produced until the abbey's devastation during the French Revolution and that from this Le Grand developed the formula now in use. He began production under the trade name "Bénédictine", using a bottle with an easily recognizable shape and label. The family eventually sold the company to Martini and Rossi, which was in turn bought by Bacardi. The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, ostensibly known to only three people at any given time. So many people have tried to reproduce it that the company maintains on its grounds in Fécamp a "Hall of Counterfeits" (Salle des Contrefaçons) The bottle and label have been imitated, as has the name Bénédictine. The company prosecuted those it felt to be infringing on its intellectual property. It lost in litigation against the Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey in Spain, after it was demonstrated that the monks there had been making their liqueur for a longer time. The manufacturing process involves several distillations which are then blended. The same company also produces "B & B" (or Bénédictine and Brandy), which is Bénédictine diluted with brandy, making it less sweet than Bénédictine. B & B was developed in the 1930s when consumers began a trend of mixing Bénédictine with brandy to produce a drier taste. Bénédictine is 40% alcohol (80 proof), while B & B is 43% (86 proof). Also, the company introduced in 1977 a 60 proof (30% alcohol) coffee liqueur, Café Bénédictine, a blend of Bénédictine and a coffee-flavoured liqueur. Additionally, the company produces a Bénédictine Single Cask that comes in a black bottle and is only available at the Palais de la Bénédictine's store in Fécamp, Normandy, France. Proprietary French multi-herbal liqueur, formerly monastic, which has been around since the 16th century and produced commercially since the 1860s. Quite popular in cocktails and other mixed drinks especially 1940s and before. Its character is soft, warm, and complex. It mixes well. Substitutions: -Other multi-herbal liqueur like Chartreuse, Strega, Izarra, or combinations thereof. Imitations in some markets.

Drinks made with Benedictine:

  1. Cornell Special Cocktail
  2. Honolulu Cocktail No. 2
  3. Merry Widow Cocktail
  4. Monkey Gland Cocktail
  5. Mule Hind Leg Cocktail
  6. Creole Cocktail
  7. Rolls Royce Cocktail
  8. Spring Cocktail
  9. Bobby Burns Cocktail
  10. Brainstorm Cocktail
  11. Widow's Dream Cocktail
  12. Honey Moon Cocktail
  13. Savoy Hotel Cocktail
  14. Honolulu Cocktail No. 2

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