Known for its complex flavor profile and aromatic essence, Benedictine has become a beloved ingredient among mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
In this article, we’ll explore the 12 best Benedictine cocktails that are sure to awaken your taste buds and leave you craving more. From classic recipes that pay homage to the liqueur’s origins to innovative concoctions that push the boundaries of mixology, get ready to discover a collection of libations that perfectly blend tradition and creativity.
1. Ford Cocktail
Ford Cocktail is a drink that uses Benedictine as its base. It’s named after the street in Paris where it was first made, and it’s a very popular cocktail at bars all over the world.
The Ford Cocktail consists of two parts Benedictine, one part brandy, two dashes of Angostura bitters, and one dash of orange bitters. It’s served in a rocks glass with ice cubes or on the rocks.
The Honeymoon Cocktail is a classic cocktail that has existed since the 1890s and is still a favorite today.
The base of this cocktail is Benedictine. The drink also includes gin, which makes it a gin fizz. It also contains lemon juice (the official “Honeymoon Cocktail” uses lemon juice instead of lime juice), honey syrup (to sweeten the drink), orange bitters and egg whites.
It’s served over ice in a glass without garnish because it’s considered too fancy for garnish!
3. The Benediction
The Benediction Cocktail is a classic cocktail that was first popularized in the 1920s. The Benediction cocktail is best served on the rocks but can also be mixed with ice in a shaker and strained into a glass over ice.
4. London Gypsy
The London Gypsy cocktail is a Benedictine-based drink that was invented in London by the bartender at The Connaught Hotel, who wanted to honor the hotel’s history as a former residence of the Prince of Wales.
It’s made with Benedictine liqueur and brandy, equal parts dry vermouth and sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. It’s served over ice in a chilled glass.
The drink is one of the few cocktails on this list that can be enjoyed before and after dinner; it’s also very popular among British gin drinkers!
5. Monte Cassino
The Monte Cassino cocktail is a mix of Benedictine and gin, created in the early 20th century by Italian bartender Vincenzo Errico. It’s named for the famous monastery of San Benedetto del Monte Cassino, where Benedictine monks resided for centuries.
The Monte Cassino cocktail is often considered a “gin martini” because of its basic structure—gin and vermouth—but has a distinct flavor that makes it, unlike any other martini.
6. Vieux Carré
The Vieux Carré cocktail is a classic cocktail that was invented in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is made of rye whiskey, Benedictine liqueur, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters and served in a glass on the rocks.
7. Silk Road
The Silk Road Cocktail is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that will surely please all your guests.
The recipe for the Silk Road Cocktail comes from an old book called Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide. At one point, this book was the world’s most widely sold bartender’s guide. It contains recipes for all sorts of cocktails, so if you’re looking for something unique and delicious, this is definitely an excellent place to start!
8. B&B Cocktail
B&B Cocktail is a beverage that combines Benedictine and brandy. It’s made by pouring equal parts of both into a glass, then topping it off with an ice cube or two. This drink has been around since the 1800s, but it has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last decade—especially among younger generations.
9. Widow’s Kiss
Widow’s Kiss cocktail was first published in 1908 by Jerry Thomas, who was one of the most famous bartenders in history. He had a reputation for being able to create just about any drink you could imagine—including some pretty wild ones!
The Widow’s Kiss cocktail is one of his most classic cocktails and it’s still being enjoyed today!
10. Frisco Sour Cocktail
The Frisco Sour cocktail has been around since at least the early 20th century. It’s got a bit of a different flavor than most cocktails due to the Benedictine liqueur,
It’s not often that you find a cocktail with such an interesting history, but this one is definitely worth it.
11. Monte Carlo Cocktail
A Monte Carlo Cocktail is a drink made with Benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and lemon juice. The cocktail was invented in the late 1800s in New Orleans. The name comes from the fact that it was served at the Monte Carlo Casino in New Orleans.
12. Milk and Honey Cocktail
Milk and Honey is a cocktail that was created by bartender Salvatore Calabrese at the Milk & Honey bar in London. It’s made with vodka, lemon juice, honey syrup, and tonic water. It’s a bit sweeter than most cocktails, but it also has a real kick to it because of the vodka.
We hope you enjoyed the list of clever and inspiring cocktails. Whether you enjoy one of these tasty drinks, create your own masterpiece, or prefer another cocktail to start off a wonderful evening is up to you. Cheers!
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