Big Ben
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Big Ben
Cocktail recipe

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If you search the name you'll find a lot of ways to make this drink. I just bought my first bottle of Benedictine and wanted to try something simple that ... more If you search the name you'll find a lot of ways to make this drink. I just bought my first bottle of Benedictine and wanted to try something simple that mainly highlighted the taste of it. I got this recipe from a YouTube video and the main ingredient is Benedictine, with not much else to overpower the taste.
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DOM Benedictine
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12% | 1.8 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Big Ben

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour the Benedictine into a rocks glass, add ice, top up with tonic water and add the lime juice
Stir and serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is DOM Benedictine, and how does it influence the flavor of the Big Ben cocktail?

DOM Benedictine is a herbal liqueur made from a blend of 27 different herbs and spices. Originating from France, it has a complex and distinct flavor profile offering a subtle balance between sweet and herbal bitter notes. In the Big Ben cocktail, DOM Benedictine adds depth and complexity, with its rich herbaceous character complementing the sharpness of the lime juice and the lightness of the tonic water.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Big Ben cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Big Ben cocktail is stirred instead of shaken to preserve its clarity and texture. Stirring is a gentle method of mixing cocktails that combines ingredients efficiently without introducing too much air or diluting the drink excessively with melted ice. This technique is especially suitable for the Big Ben cocktail, where the delicate balance of flavors from DOM Benedictine, lime juice, and tonic water benefits from a smooth and gentle mixing process.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is recommended for the Big Ben cocktail, and why?

The recommended glass for the Big Ben cocktail is a whisky glass, also known as a rocks glass. This type of glass is chosen for its wide opening, which allows the drink's aromas to be fully appreciated, and its sturdy base, which is ideal for cocktails that are served stirred and not shaken. The whisky glass also provides a classic and elegant presentation fitting for the refined flavors of the Big Ben cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Big Ben compare to other popular cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 12%, the Big Ben cocktail falls into the moderate range of alcohol strength for cocktails. It is less potent than strong classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned or Martini, which typically have alcohol contents of 25% or higher, but stronger than light cocktails like the Mimosa or Bellini, which usually have alcohol contents below 10%. The Big Ben offers a balanced option for those seeking a moderately strong drink.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving the Big Ben cocktail?

The Big Ben cocktail, with its balanced mix of herbal, sharp, and light flavors, is most suitable for evening social gatherings or as an after-dinner drink. Its sophisticated taste profile makes it a good choice for cocktail parties, formal events, or any occasion where an elegant and refined drink is desired. The moderate alcohol content also makes it approachable for a wide range of guests.

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