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.
- Cardamom seeds, myrrh, & mace, of each 15 gr.
- Galangal root, ginger, & orange peel, of each 2.5 dr.
- Extract of aloes 1 dr.
- Alcohol (90%) 6 oz.
- Water 2.5 oz.
Macerate for a week, press, & filter. To the filtrate add-
- Caramel 10 dr.
- Spirit of nitrous ether 8 oz.
- Solution of ammonia 15 minim
- Vanillin sugar 15 gr.
- Liquorice juice 5 dr.
- Acetic ether 1 oz.
- Coumarin 1.5 gr.
- Oils of lemon & bitter orange, of each 1 dr.
- Oil of anise 15 drops
- Oil of bitter almond 12 drops
- Oil of sassafras 7 drops
- Oil of hyssop 4 drops
- Oils of hops & cardamom, of each 2 drops
- Oil of galangal 0.5 dr.
- Oil of wormwood 40 drops
- Oils of ginger & cascarilla, of each 15 drops
- Oil of millefoil 10 drops
- Oil of angelica 6 drops
- Oils of juniper & rosemary, of each 1 drop
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
- Benedictine essence 1 oz.
- Alcohol (90%) 24 oz.
- Sugar 22 oz.
- Water 20 oz.
Dissolve the sugar in the water, & to the syrup add the essence,
previously mixed with the spirit.
- 1 oz. = 28.35 grams.
- 1 drachm = 3.88 grams.
- 1 grain = .065 grams.
- 1 minim = .059 c.c.
measurement (unless stated otherwise)
|1 cup = 8 ounces =
|1 quart = 32 ounces =
|1 tbsp (tablespoon) =
1/2 ounce = 15ml
|1 fifth = 25.6 ounces
|1 tsp (teaspoon) =
1/6 ounce = 5ml
|1 pint = 16 ounces =
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