The secret of Benedictine lies in the careful selection and blending of 27 different plants and spices from the five continents. The quality of the ingrediants and the maturation in oak casks combine to produce an unrivalled and unique flavour.Originally crafted by monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli in France's Normandy region, the recipe for this herbal spirit could have been lost forever had it not been passed along to a local family during the French Revolution when the monks were extricated from their Abbey. Almost a half-century after the Abbey was destroyed, wine merchant Alexandre le Grande rediscovered the recipe gifted to his family and set about meticulously re-creating the secret elixir. Calling on 27 different herbs and spices, including angelica, hyssop, cinnamon and thyme, Benedictine warms with its amber-y golden hue and sweet flavors of tangerine peel, fennel and honey. Its unique profile and timeless flavor have inspired bartenders for centuries. Alc. Vol.:40%
Bols Cherry Brandy is a deep red cherry liqueur using fresh cherries from Eastern Europe, where cherry brandy has long been a tradition. The cherry?s stone, its kernel, is crushed and gives Bols Cherry Brandy a faint amaretto flavor. Extracts of various selected herbs and spices produce a well balanced liqueur. The most famous cocktail with Bols Cherry is the Singapore Sling, invented in Raffles Hotel, in Singapore. ABV: 17%
Bols Banana is one of the best-selling banana liqueurs with the colour of real sun-ripened bananas.
For Bols Banana only the best banana extract is used, which is based on rum distillate. It is an easy to mix liqueur and popular among professional bartenders. Key cocktails are for example frozen Daiquiris, Rum Runners and Banana Banshees but Bols Banana can also be used with juices and ice cream. ABV: 17%
BOLS Maraschino is a clear cherry flavoured liqueur with the powerful taste of fresh cherries from Dalmatia in Croatia, edged with hints of rose petal, and containing real, fresh cherry juice for an overwhelming mouthfeel. The name Maraschino is derived from the Marasca cherry, grown in cherry orchards in this area.
Maraschino is one of the ancient, classic liqueurs mentioned in every significant book on cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ 1862 “The Bartender’s Guide” right up to today’s publications. According to Thomas, dashes of Maraschino were used in ancient versions of everything from the Manhattan to the Whiskey Cobbler. A dash of Maraschino makes the perfect daiquiri, as confirmed by daiquiri-making legend Constantino Ribalaigua of La Floridita in Cuba, reputed to have made over a million of those drinks in his lifetime. Maraschino featured heavily in the pousse-café recipes of the late 1800s, and has remained in favour with bartenders over the years.
BOLS Melon is a light emerald green liqueur based on the honeydew melon. It has a uniquely crisp and fruity finish. Melon as a popular liqueur first came to prominence during the disco boom of the late 1970s, in globally popular drinks such as the Melon Martini and the Melon Sour.
Bols Peach is a clear liqueur with a fresh peach flavour and overtones of orange and citrus. Peach, like Melon, is a liqueur flavor that came to prominence in the USA in the late 1970s, and the UK and Europe in the mid-1980s. Peach is just about the only ingredient that everyone agrees is indispensable in the wildly popular Sex on the Beach cocktail and the Bellini. It also forms the basis of simple long drink-style cocktails such as the Woo Woo.
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