I love brandy Manhattans. Today, I ordered one at a fairly nice restaurant in Delaware. The drink came - it was huge, by the way, for only $10 - and I took a sip. Very sweet, I said to my wife. She said, thank you. I said I meant the cocktail, darling. So I called the waiter over and asked him if maybe this was a regular Manhattan. He said, no it was made with B&B. My wife said that's a liqueur, not a brandy. So I asked the waiter to have the bartender make one with Christian Brothers brandy. Unfortunately, they were out of CB brandy. So, now I'm home, Googled B&B, and promptly told me wife that, again, she was right. But I still like my brandy Manhattans
I love how gemgemsew always has to "educate" the liquor stores in her area, the superior state of California, about Benedictine, but then asks a question in a public forum that could be answered via a simple google search.
Alexandre Le Grand invented the recipe himself, helped by a local chemist, and he told this story to connect the liqueur with the city history of pesky Monks to increase sales. Another great Christian hoax like "That is absurd! The cardinal has no interest in children." Later rumor has it that the Monks were fed to the lions (not verified)
Bénédictine is 80-proof, like most straight spirits, which means it won't "go bad" and become unsafe to drink. However, if your bottle has been open for a while, it has probably become oxidized and lost flavor. Here's some more info on when to keep and when to toss old bottles: http://liquor.com/articles/taming-your-liquor-cabinet/.
James DeMartinoposted 5 years ago
Please reply. Does Benedictine go bad over time?
LARRY LEDFORDposted 7 years ago
No Benedictine that I have purchased in the U.S. has come close to the golden velvet of that bought at Monte Cassino in Rome. Can it be purchased online from the monastery and from what website? Thanks
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