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March 6, 2011

#65: Angel's Lips

1 1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Irish Cream
Combine in a short glass with ice and stir

The heavenly sounds of the winged host came down from on high when I sipped this for the first time. I was finally kissed by the angels I had been waiting for all these many drinks with "Angel" in their name. This was awesome. I can see why the Benedictine monks still make this stuff.

Benedictine is an herbal liquer developed in 19th century France. Originally it was developed as a medicinal aromatic herbal beverage, and was distributed in a bottle with an easily recognizable shape and label. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, supposedly known to only three people at any one time. So many poeple have tried to copy this liquer that the company keeps a "Hall of Counterfeits."

The company also make "B & B", which is Benedictine diluted with Brandy, which makes it less sweet that straight Benedictine. Benedictine is 80 proof. Every bottle has the initials D.O.M. on the label, which is mistakenly thought to stand for "Dominican Order of Monks", but which really stands for the latin phrase "Deo Optimo Maximo" (For our best, greatest God).

The Benedictine with the Irish Cream was honestly one of the best combinations I have ever had. Sweet, but not overly so, and smooth as a fluffy cloud. I didn't actually hear harps though.

This drink still retains a tiny little bite from the Benedictine, just to remind you not to swear in it's presence.

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