Monte Cassino Cocktail Drink

Monte Cassino

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Check out this Monte Cassino Cocktail recipe if you want a premium drink experience. Packed with rich ingredients, this cocktail is as fun to make as it is to drink.

Monte Cassino Cocktail Recipe

Try our Monte Cassino Cocktail recipe! With rye whiskey, lemon juice, yellow Chartreuse, and Benedictine, it's a harmonious blend that'll make your taste buds dance.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

297 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Benedictine
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Set your coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz Benedictine, 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse, and 1 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain: Empty the coupe glass and fine-strain the shaken mixture into it.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon is a great alternative if I run out of rye whiskey. It provides a sweeter profile, which some may find appealing.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Green Chartreuse can work but has a stronger herbal punch. If you're using it, maybe dial back the quantity a touch.
  • Benedictine: If unavailable, honey syrup and a few herbal bitters can create a similar flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best, but high-quality bottled lemon juice can suffice in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Monte Cassino Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of yellow Chartreuse, 8 oz of Benedictine, and 8 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix & Serve: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and mix thoroughly. Pour into chilled coupe glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic whiskey or a mix of apple juice with a dash of vanilla extract.
  • Yellow Chartreuse Substitute: An herbal tea infusion (like chamomile) sweetened with honey can do the trick.
  • Benedictine Substitute: A honey and herbal syrup can be a good stand-in.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic ingredients and follow the main steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Benedictine and Yellow Chartreuse contain honey, consider using other liqueurs or a vegan-friendly herbal syrup as a substitute.
  • Always check labels on non-alcoholic substitutes to ensure no animal derivatives are used.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
297
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.3
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Monte Cassino Cocktail Drink

Monte Cassino Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try our Monte Cassino Cocktail recipe! With rye whiskey, lemon juice, yellow Chartreuse, and Benedictine, it's a harmonious blend that'll make your taste buds dance.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 297

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Benedictine
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Set your coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz Benedictine, 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse, and 1 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain: Empty the coupe glass and fine-strain the shaken mixture into it.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon is a great alternative if I run out of rye whiskey. It provides a sweeter profile, which some may find appealing.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Green Chartreuse can work but has a stronger herbal punch. If you're using it, maybe dial back the quantity a touch.
  • Benedictine: If unavailable, honey syrup and a few herbal bitters can create a similar flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best, but high-quality bottled lemon juice can suffice in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Monte Cassino Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of yellow Chartreuse, 8 oz of Benedictine, and 8 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix & Serve: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and mix thoroughly. Pour into chilled coupe glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic whiskey or a mix of apple juice with a dash of vanilla extract.
  • Yellow Chartreuse Substitute: An herbal tea infusion (like chamomile) sweetened with honey can do the trick.
  • Benedictine Substitute: A honey and herbal syrup can be a good stand-in.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic ingredients and follow the main steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Benedictine and Yellow Chartreuse contain honey, consider using other liqueurs or a vegan-friendly herbal syrup as a substitute.
  • Always check labels on non-alcoholic substitutes to ensure no animal derivatives are used.

What is a Monte Cassino Cocktail?

Monte Cassino Cocktail combines Rye Whiskey, yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, and lemon juice. It is a new-era cocktail and it happens to be a twist on a classic Last Word. Called after a hill near Rome, where the Benedictine order was founded, this cocktail is all about a harmonious mix of ingredients. Many appreciate Monte Cassino’s unique flavor profile that stands out in the cocktail world.

A side shot of a Monte Cassino cocktail in cocktail glass on a black table surrounded by 5 lemons and a white cloth.

What is a Monte Cassino Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Prepare to make your own Monte Cassino Cocktail by collecting these ingredients:

  • Rye Whiskey: Provides the base spirit, adding warmth and a slightly spicy undertone.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Introduces an herbal complexity, giving the drink depth and nuance.
  • Benedictine: Lends a sweet, herbal quality, enhancing the flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a citrusy brightness, balancing the sweetness and cutting through the richness of other ingredients.

Rye Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine and two lemons laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Monte Cassino Cocktail?

Join us in making a superb Monte Cassino cocktail with these instructions:

1
<p>Place a coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to ensure it’s cold when you pour.</p>

Place a coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to ensure it’s cold when you pour.

2
<p> Pour the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Pour the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Add the Benedictine to the shaker.</p>

Add the Benedictine to the shaker.

4
<p> Incorporate the yellow Chartreuse to the shaker.</p>

Incorporate the yellow Chartreuse to the shaker.

5
<p> Pour the Rye Whiskey into the shaker.</p>

Pour the Rye Whiskey into the shaker.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes to chill the mixture effectively.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes to chill the mixture effectively.

7
<p>Give the shaker a firm shake until the exterior feels cold to ensure the ingredients meld well.</p>

Give the shaker a firm shake until the exterior feels cold to ensure the ingredients meld well.

8
<p>Empty any ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.</p>

Empty any ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.

9
<p>Then fine-strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass.</p>

Then fine-strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass.

10
<p>Enhance the drink’s appearance and add a hint of aroma by twisting a lemon peel over it.</p>

Enhance the drink’s appearance and add a hint of aroma by twisting a lemon peel over it.

11
<p>Then drop it in.</p>

Then drop it in.

12
<p>Enjoy your Monte Cassino cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Monte Cassino cocktail!

History and Origin of the Monte Cassino Cocktail

The classics of cocktail craftsmanship inspire the Monte Cassino Cocktail, yet it represents a more modern creation than long-standing recipes. Invented in 2010 by Damon Dyer and named after the birthplace of the Benedictine order in Italy the cocktail pays homage to the timeless blend of ingredients that, when combined, echo the harmonious coexistence of tradition and innovation.

Its ingredients weave a tapestry that takes drinkers through European liquors. Yellow Chartreuse and Benedictine, both with monastic origins, hail from France. These herbal spirits boast recipes that monks have kept secret for centuries. Including rye whiskey introduces a North American touch, adding depth and a slight spice to the mix.

The cocktail’s essence and character lie in the exquisite balance and interplay of its components. Over the last few years, mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the Monte Cassino, celebrating its unique blend as a testament to the ever-evolving world of cocktail innovation.

A Monte Cassino cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by a Yellow Chartreuse bottle, a Rye Whiskey bottle, a Benedictine bottle and two lemons.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Monte Cassino Cocktail typically contain?
Depending on the specific ingredients and proportions, a standard serving has approximately 180-210 calories.
How strong is the Monte Cassino Cocktail?
The strength varies with the choice of spirits, but typically, its ABV (alcohol by volume) hovers around 30%, making it 60 proof.
What type of alcohol is predominantly used in the Monte Cassino Cocktail?
Rye whiskey is the primary alcohol in the Monte Cassino Cocktail, giving it warmth and depth.
In what glass do you typically serve the Monte Cassino Cocktail?
Traditionally, you serve the drink in a chilled coupe glass.
What does the Monte Cassino Cocktail taste like?
The Monte Cassino boasts a harmonious blend of herbal complexities from the Yellow Chartreuse and Benedictine, brightened by citrusy lemon notes, with the rye whiskey providing a slightly spicy undertone.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in the Monte Cassino Cocktail?
The Monte Cassino typically follows an equal parts ratio: equal measures of rye whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, and lemon juice.
How is the Monte Cassino Cocktail served with ice?
It's shaken with ice to chill, dilute the mixture and then strained into a glass, serving it "up" without ice.

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