Monte Carlo – Classic Recipe & History

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Monte Carlo

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American




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How to make a Monte Carlo.


  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1 oz Benedictine

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey


  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 15 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass, and express a lemon peel over the top.

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The History Of The Monte Carlo

The earliest printed recipe for the Monte Carlo I can find comes from the 1948 Book “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” by David Embury. The Monte Carlo is a rye whiskey variation of the older Kentucky Colonel cocktail, which uses bourbon instead. Named after the prominent ward of Monaco, the Monte Carlo is a beautiful blend of sweet herbs and spices. The sharp, spicy flavors of the rye whiskey are cut by the sweet herbal flavors of the benedictine, and the two come together in a wonderfully balanced cocktail. This is a must-try if you’re a fan of the Bobby Burns or Manhattan.

Recipe Resources

I have the 1961 edition linked below because that is the only one I can find for free online, but this cocktail is the same as the 1948 edition.

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