Bénédictine D.O.M. is a herbal liqueur that was produced in France and developed in the 19th century. The D.O.M. on every bottle of Bénédictine refers to “Deo Optimo Maximo”, which loosely translates to “to God, the most good, most great”. Few liqueurs in the world have a history as fascinating as Bénédictine, as it is claimed that monks at the Bénédictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy developed the recipe for its liqueur in 1510. While the world may never know the truth, Bénédictine is undoubtedly an incredible liqueur that withstood the test of time.
The recipe of the Bénédictine liqueur is an incredibly guarded trade secret, although it is known that a total of 27 herbs and spices are used. To date, only 21 of the ingredients have been revealed to the public, making the six remaining ingredients a fascinating mystery. Bénédictine is intensely sweet and has a robust herbal palate that surprisingly lacks the herbal medicinal taste that some may expect. In certain variations of the Singapore Sling and other cocktails, Bénédictine is used to add a unique edge to its taste.