The Monte Carlo is basically a Manhattan that replaces the Manhattan's sweet vermouth with Bénédictine. Bénédictine* is a spiced herbal liqueur with additional flavor notes of honey and licorice. It's the big daddy to the more familiar B&B, a drier version mixed with brandy.
I usually make this with Rittenhouse 100. The nice thing about these classic whiskey cocktails is they can be easily tailored to personal tastes without sacrificing balanced flavor. I happen to enjoy a little spice in my cocktails and the spice notes of the Rittenhouse emphasize the spices of the Bénédictine.
Ingredients2 Oz. Rye Whiskey1/2 Oz. BénédictineDash Angostura BittersDash Peychaud's Bitters
DirectionsAdd the ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.Stir for about 30 seconds until well-chilled.Garnish and serve.
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* INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTOID:Simone Beck, who co-wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I and II with Julia Child, was part of the Bénédictine family.
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