The B & B cocktail is cocktail number nine on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
B & B Cocktail history
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.
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
1/2 Benedictine, 1/2 Brandy. Serve in a liqueur glass or iced in a Cocktail glass. This is an after-dinner drink.
- E & J Brandy
- D.O.M Bénédictine
B & B cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale
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