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definitions - Benedictine

Benedictine (adj.)

1.of or relating to the Benedictines

2.of or relating to Saint Benedict or his works

benedictine (n.)

1.a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks

Benedictine (n.)

1.a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict

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BenedictineBen`e*dic"tine (�), a. Pertaining to the monks of St. Benedict, or St. Benet.

BenedictineBen`e*dic"tine, n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a famous order of monks, established by St. Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century. This order was introduced into the United States in 1846.

☞ The Benedictines wear black clothing, and are sometimes called Black Monks. The name Black Fr����rs which belongs to the Dominicans, is also sometimes applied to the Benedictines.

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Benedictine (adj.)

Benedict, Saint Benedict, St. Benedict


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Benedictine (adj.)


monastic, monk - saint[Hyper.]

Benedictine (adj.)



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  A statue of Alexandre Le Grand, founder of the Palais Bénédictine

Bénédictine is a herbal liqueur beverage developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France.

It is claimed that at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, monks had developed a medicinal aromatic herbal beverage which was produced until the abbey's devastation during the French Revolution, but in fact Alexandre Le Grand invented the recipe himself, helped by a local chemist, and he told this story to connect the liqueur with the city history and to sell his liqueur the best as possible.[1].

He began production under the trade name "Bénédictine", using a bottle with an easily recognizable shape and label. The family eventually sold the company to Martini and Rossi, which was in turn bought by Bacardi.

The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, ostensibly known to only three people at any given time. So many people have tried to reproduce it that the company maintains on its grounds in Fécamp a "Hall of Counterfeits" (Salle des Contrefaçons) The bottle and label have been imitated, as has the name Bénédictine. The company prosecuted those it felt to be infringing on its intellectual property. It lost in litigation against the Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey in Spain,[citation needed] after it was demonstrated that the monks there had been making their liqueur for a longer time.

The manufacturing process involves several distillations which are then blended.

The same company also produces "B & B" (or Bénédictine and Brandy), which is Bénédictine diluted with brandy, making it less sweet than Bénédictine. B & B was developed in the 1930s when consumers began a trend of mixing Bénédictine with brandy to produce a drier taste. Both Bénédictine and B&B are 40% alcohol (80 proof) by volume. Until recently, both Bénédictine and B & B were 43% alcohol (86 proof). In 1977, the company introduced a 60 proof (30% alcohol) coffee liqueur, Café Bénédictine, a blend of Bénédictine and a coffee-flavoured liqueur, however, Café Bénédictine is no longer produced or available. Additionally, the company produces a Bénédictine Single Cask. Bénédictine Single Cask comes in a unique black bottle and is only available at the Palais de la Bénédictine's store in Fécamp, Normandy, France.

Every bottle of Bénédictine has the initials D.O.M. on the label. Mistakenly thought by some to refer to "Dominican Order of Monks"[citation needed], it actually stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo"; "For our best, greatest God". (The Dominican Order uses the designation O.P., which refers to "Order of Preachers".).

Burnley Miners' Club in Lancashire, United Kingdom is the world's biggest single consumer of Benedictine liqueur, after Lancashire regiments acquired a taste for it during the First World War.[2][3] Burnley Football Club also sell Benedictine on match days, making them the only English club to do this.

Cocktails using Bénédictine besides the B & B include the Frisco[4], Derby, Singapore Sling,[5], Vieux Carré[6], and Monte Carlo.[citation needed]


  • Harold J. Grossman and Harriet Lembeck, Grossman's Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits (6th edition). Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1977, pp. 377–8. ISBN 0-684-15033-6
  • http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/4276/36/
  • Jean Pierre Lantaz, Bénédictine, d'un alambic à cinq continents, éditions Bertout 1991.
  • Stéphane Nappez, Le palais Bénédictine, éditions PTC 2005

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  1. ^ According to an interview of Alain Le Grand, last family owner of the distillery in the TV-Document Le Palais bénédictine de Fécamp on FR3 – Normandie.
  2. ^ List of QI episodes (D series)#Episode 6 "Drinks"
  3. ^ "Liqueur is hot stuff at working men's club", The Independent
  4. ^ Bruni, Frank (28 October 2010). "The Tipsy Diaries: Finding the Frisco Cocktail". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/dining/29tipsy.html?_r=1&ref=dining. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Colin (12 December 1982). "Singapore Journal; Back to Somerset Maugham and Life's Seamy Side". The New York Times (Singapore). http://www.nytimes.com/1982/12/12/travel/singapore-sling-is-spoken-here.html. 
  6. ^ [1]


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