Bourbon is back in a big way. The Manhattan
, for example, has once again become many peoples' go to way to enjoy Americas spirit. (Sure you can make a Manhattan with bourbon. Why not? -ed.
) So check out this splendid reworking of the Manhattan called the Monte Carlo. The key difference is the substitution of Benedictine
in place of vermouth. Benedictine is an aromatic liqueur that has been produced in France since the 18th century. If fact, B&B
(Benedictine and Brandy) was one of the first packaged premixed cocktails. Benedictine is a versatile mixer and makes a great addition to any liquor cabinet. Also, if you simply mix Benedictine with bourbon, you just created a Kentucky Colonel. This distinguished elixir is perfect for sipping on your front porch as the last days of summer wind to a close.
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Roger Adamson is the Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binnys Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is currently using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.