Who knew there was a Benedict Option cocktail?
Thanks to a blog post by the most excellent Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option (the book that in part, inspired this blog) I discovered something at once topical and delicious. Read readers, I present: The Bénédictine Option.
Although the tumbler might look practically empty, trust me when I tell you that hiding under that orange slice is a smooth, sweet, and citrusy cocktail.
The recipe for the alcoholic homage to the New York Times Bestseller, come from Drinking With the Saints, of course. This book has long been on my wish list, and I was pleased to discover the blog of the same name.
The ingredients were readily available at my local wine and spirits superstore, and include Early Times bourbon, Bénédictine liqueur, and orange bitters.
You can find the exact mixology here. As the author explains:
[Y]ou’ve got the Bénédictine in honor of St. Benedict; you’ve got a Walker Percy reference (Early Times was Percy’s favorite and Percy, a Benedictine oblate, is a favorite of Dreher); and you’ve got a drink resembling an Old Fashioned in which you have availed yourself of the “option” of using Bénédictine instead of simple syrup. Beautiful.
The Bénédictine Option is the perfect drink after a long day in the strategically-withdrawn bunker and the ideal stimulus for “an intentional and thoughtful retreat into narrativity.” Indeed, the greater the number of Bénédictine Options, the more creative, no doubt, will be the narrativity.
So before dinner, in the name of research, I mixed myself a Bénétictine Option including the requisite 40 shakes of the cocktail shaker. It was delicious and packed quite a punch, just like Saint Benedict.
And so I salute you with my favorite toast: “It’s good to be Catholic!”
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