Benjamin Menendez Special Recipe

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The Benjamin Menendez special originated in Havana, Cuba long before the country was closed off to American tourists. The delightful pairing of Scotch and Mint gives this cocktail a distinct subtle flavor that is at once robust and sweet, making it a wonderful partner for any summertime garden party or event.


2 oz Scotch Whiskey
Lemon juice
1 barspoon (5 ml) superfine sugar
1 barspoon (5 ml) orange curaçao or Grand Marnier
1 sprig of mint

Preparation: How to make a Benjamin Menendez Special

  1. Add lemon juice and sugar to a shaker and stir.
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake gently but thoroughly and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint.