Like a rocky Caribbean harbor, the history of alcohol is littered with too many wrecks to count. While some brands quietly fade from store shelves, others capsize in dramatic fashion. This only makes the continued popularity of centuries-old bar staples that much more impressive. 2010 marks two major milestones: the 500th anniversary of the creation of the French liqueur Benedictine and the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Italian stalwart Campari.
While these two age-old spirits seemingly have little in common besides an anniversary, they are both essential ingredients in a number of classic and enduring cocktails. (No doubt a big key to their prolonged success.) Without Campari ($28) there would be no Negroni or Americano. And to make a proper Bobby Burns, Singapore Sling and Straits Sling, you need Benedictine ($30). (As well as the Monte Cassino that was created by New York City bartender Damon Dyer and took top honors at the brand’s recent cocktail competition. Try his winning recipe.)
There’s now also one more link between Campari and Benedictine. We asked Allen Katz, the Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and one of Liquor.com’s advisors, to come up with a drink that calls for both brands. With any luck in 100 years people will still be drinking it.
C & B Old Fashioned
Contributed by: Allen Katz
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: Orange twist
Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a mixing glass and stir very well. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice, top with club soda and garnish with an orange twist.