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Vermouth • Sweet
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In the mid-1930s, herbal orange liqueur brand Bénédictine held a nationwide cocktail contest and printed this prize-winning recipe in magazine advertisements. Named after the creator’s wife—not the English monarch—this drink was so good it transcended the glossy pages and now has a place in the archive of classic cocktails. It’s a balance of sweet and sour with a touch of dryness from the vermouth, making it the perfect digestif.

The Essentials

dry vermouth
Lime juice
The Details


1.5 oz dry vermouth
.75 oz Bénédictine
.75 oz Lime juice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake until cold, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
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