The Vow of Silence

The Vow of Silence
Photography by Stephen DeVries

The Vow of Silence (courtesy of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery) is a stirred and spirituous cocktail by the makers of Belle Meade Bourbon, a brand that dates back to the pre-Prohibition era. The name of this cocktail is derived from the Benedictine monks who are fabled to take a vow of silence. Pair this citrusy cocktail with the double chocolate Turtle Brownies. This recipe is from our Editor-in-Chief Brian Hart Hoffman’s book, The Coupe (Hoffman Media, 2016).

The Vow of Silence
Makes 1 serving
  • 2 ounces Belle Meade Bourbon
  • ¾ ounce Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
  • ¼ ounce Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: expressed lemon peel*
  1. Place bourbon, vermouth, Bénédictine, and bitters in a mixing glass, and stir briefly with ice. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with expressed lemon peel, if desired.
Using a lighter to heat the lemon peel before "expressing" helps yield more essence/juice. Express by rubbing pith side down between thumb and forefinger.


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