Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Long Lost Benedictine...Found Once Again .

Inspired by the herbal complexity of this spirit, and the history...and mystery behind it, I came to the conclusion that nothing but a world spanning, paradigm changing libation would work for the 500th Anniversary of this French delight. Please read no further if you are a fan of pairing this spirit with canned juices or dirty snifters. This cocktail recipe builds on the essences and flavors of Benedictine, and it pulls ingredients from across the globe paying homage to the palettes of the four corners of the planet. The best part is that with a minimal amount of preparation this tipple can be made quickly and enjoyed for a long time to come.

Marchez Le Monde (Walk the World)

2 oz. Benedictine
1/2 oz. Rhum Agricole
1/2 oz. Vanilla Cardamom Syrup*
2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Garnish: Thick Orange Peel

Preparation: Combine the ingredients into a mixing tin with ice. Stir quickly for 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne coupe.

*Vanilla Cardamon syrup is easily made by taking 4 oz. of whole cardamon seeds and giving them a slight grind to break out the brown seeds inside. Split and strip 2 fresh Madagascar Vanilla bean pods.Then use 30 oz. of water and bring to a boil. Introduce 50 oz. of baking sugar and allow it to dissolve before removing from flame and strain through a chinois.

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