Although the true origin of this French herbal liqueur is somewhat mysterious, one theory claims that Alexandre Le Grande obtained the original recipe from a Benedictine monk. Le Grande started to produce the drink under its current name in 1863, and Bénédictine is still produced following the original, secret recipe that includes 27 herbs and spices.
After distillation and careful blending, the final combination is infused with saffron and honey that provide for its typical amber hues and sweetness. Bénédictine is a rich liqueur that displays notes of citrus fruit, spices, and herbs.
It is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, but it also nicely pairs with tonic water and lime. The drink is still produced at the original Palais Bénédictine distillery in Fécamp.