Orange and honey flavored 40% proof Bénédictine D.O.M is a liqueur with 27 herbs and spices that has been made in the fantastical Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp (Seine-Maritime) since 1510, when the recipe was invented by Dom Bernardo Vincelli in the Abbaye de Fécamp.
The last surviving monk passed down the secret recipe to the Le Grand family. Alexandre Le Grand invented the iconic bottle, with the letters DOM, in honour of Bernardo Vincelli, the head of the abbey, and the Benedictine motto Deo Optimo Maximo (God infinitely good, infinitely great).
There is also a single cask version and B&B, By Bénédictine, a mix of 60% Bénédictine with 40% fine French brandy, named after a cocktail served during Prohibition at Manhattan’s Club 21.
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