Bénédictine is a classic aromatic liqueur that dates back to 1863, and boasts a complex, herbal flavor profile. It's used in numerous classic cocktails, from the New Orleans original Vieux Carré to the tropical Singapore Sling.
Bénédictine takes its name from the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, France, and it's a common misconception that the monks there invented the recipe. In reality, though, the liqueur was first concocted by wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand (with the help of a pharmacist), who used the abbey's name for marketing purposes.
Every bottle of Bénédictine has the initials D.O.M. on the label, which stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo" ("To God, most good, most great"). This abbreviation is commonly used at the beginning of documents of the Benedictine Order as a short dedication of the work.