Homemade Benedictine (Killmister) Recipe

Benedictine by John Killmister

Benedictine is regarded as one of the world's classic liqueurs. It's recipe is supposed to be a closely guarded secret of the Benedictine Monks. The following recipe was unearthed from an ancient book of pharmaceutical formulae from England.

Benedictine Essence

Macerate for a week, press, & filter. To the filtrate add-

Bring up the volume to 17.5 oz. by the addition of alcohol (90%). The essence should be matured for 2 years before being used for the following:-


Dissolve the sugar in the water, & to the syrup add the essence, previously mixed with the spirit.


Units of measurement (unless stated otherwise)
1 cup = 8 ounces = 236ml
1 quart = 32 ounces = 944ml
1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 1/2 ounce = 15ml
1 fifth = 25.6 ounces = 750ml
1 tsp (teaspoon) = 1/6 ounce = 5ml
1 pint = 16 ounces = 472ml

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