Monte Carlo
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Monte Carlo
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.1 / 5
The Monte Carlo cocktail, a sophisticated blend of rye whiskey, DOM Benedictine, and a dash of Angostura bitters, is a timeless classic that offers a complex flavor profile. Served in ... more The Monte Carlo cocktail, a sophisticated blend of rye whiskey, DOM Benedictine, and a dash of Angostura bitters, is a timeless classic that offers a complex flavor profile. Served in a cocktail glass, this refined beverage marries the spicy and fruity notes of rye whiskey with the herbal and sweet nuances of DOM Benedictine, rounded off by the subtle aromatic bitterness of Angostura bitters. The Monte Carlo stands out as a perfect choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and history, offering a seamless blend of ingredients that create a harmonious and intriguing drinking experience. Ideal for connoisseurs seeking a drink with elegance and character, the Monte Carlo remains a celebrated choice in the world of classic cocktails.
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Base ingredient
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Rye Whiskey
Alcohol content
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40% | 3 units *
Details
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
1 dash 1 dash 1 dash
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
60ml 2oz 6cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Monte Carlo cocktail strikes a charming balance with its robust 60ml of rye whiskey providing a hearty base, softened gracefully by the sweet, herbal hint of DOM Benedictine. A dash of Angostura bitters introduces a touch of aromatic bitterness that enhances the depth and complexity of the drink, making it a sophisticated choice for those who savor intricate flavor profiles.

Method
How to make a Monte Carlo

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First, combine all of your ingredients together in a mixing glass filled with ice, giving it a good stir for about 10-15 seconds to cool and properly mix everything
Then, carefully strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice, aiming for a large cube or block of ice if you have it, for a slower melt and a cooler drink

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·  Stir  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Monte Carlo cocktail?

The Monte Carlo is a classic cocktail with a history that dates back to the early 20th century. It's named after the famous Monte Carlo Casino located in Monaco. The cocktail is a variation of the Whiskey Sour, substituting the simple syrup with DOM Benedictine to give it a unique, herbal sweetness.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Monte Carlo cocktail without Angostura Bitters?

While Angostura Bitters is a traditional ingredient that adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, you can experiment by either omitting bitters entirely or substituting it with another type of bitters to suit your taste. However, the flavor profile will change, and it may not closely resemble the classic Monte Carlo.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

What is DOM Benedictine, and can it be substituted in a Monte Carlo cocktail?

DOM Benedictine is a French herbal liqueur, containing a blend of 27 different herbs and spices. It's known for its complexity and sweetness, making it a key ingredient in the Monte Carlo. Substituting Benedictine could significantly alter the drink's flavor. However, if necessary, you might consider using another herbal liqueur, like Chartreuse or Drambuie, keeping in mind the taste will vary from the original recipe.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve a Monte Carlo cocktail to best enjoy it?

A Monte Carlo cocktail is best served cold in a lowball glass. You could either chill the glass in advance or ensure your ingredients are well chilled. Serving it on the rocks (over ice) can also be a good way to keep it cold while slightly diluting the cocktail to mellow the flavors over time, according to personal preference.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Monte Carlo cocktail?

The Monte Carlo's rich and aromatic profile makes it a great companion to savory dishes. Charcuterie boards, aged cheeses, and grilled or roasted meat dishes can complement its complexity. Its herbal and bittersweet notes also pair nicely with dark chocolate desserts for a contrasting flavor experience.

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