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Probably the oldest liqueur and certainly one of the most renowned, Benedictine was first made in 1510 as a medicinal elixir by a Benedictine monk at the Fecamp monastery in Normandy. Today the secret of Benedictine’s composition is so closely guarded that only three people know the exact formula. Benedictine has a base of Cognac and is flavoured with a variety of plants and herbs. The initials

D.O.M., which are virtually its trademark, stand for Deo Optimo Maximo (To God, Most Good, Most Great). Benedictine mixed with brandy, called B. & B., makes a drier and less sweet drink.

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