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B & B, Swank Cocktail #9

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B&B Cocktail
B&B Cocktail

The B & B cocktail is cocktail number nine on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

B & B Cocktail history

“Benedictine,” newspaper advertisement, Asbury Park Press, (Asbury Park, New Jersey), 30 Nov 1934, p. 3, col. 7.
“Benedictine,” newspaper advertisement, Asbury Park Press, (Asbury Park, New Jersey), 30 Nov 1934, p. 3, col. 7.

The B & B Cocktail, a simple combination of Bénédictine and Brandy, was created in the 1930s at the “21 Club” in New York.

A great article about the history of the B & B was written by Jonathan Miles for the New York Times in 2009 (there is a paywall).

The drinks’ popularity prompted the creation of B & B liqueur, which prepackages the two ingredients, Bénédictine and Brandy.

Jonathan Miles, “500-Year-Old Liqueur Hits the Cocktail Circuit,” newspaper article, The New York Times (New York, New York), 24 Dec 2009.
Jonathan Miles, “500-Year-Old Liqueur Hits the Cocktail Circuit,” newspaper article, The New York Times (New York, New York), 24 Dec 2009.

According to the Times article, B & B “outsells Bénédictine nine to one in the United States.” But, why buy something you can make yourself and then use the ingredients for other cocktails (hint, there are more cocktails to come on the Swank Cocktail Guide that include either Bénédictine or Brandy)?

B & B cocktail recipe

B & B cocktail recipe
B & B cocktail recipe

1/2 Benedictine, 1/2 Brandy. Serve in a liqueur glass or iced in a Cocktail glass. This is an after-dinner drink.

Ingredients used:

  • E & J Brandy
  • D.O.M Bénédictine

B & B cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸

We both liked the B&B. but didn’t love it. It is slightly nutty and drinkable, just not one of our favorites.

Next up… Cocktail # 10, Bacardi Cocktail

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