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Bénédictine D.O.M.

Pronunciation: [ben-eh-DIHK-teen]

1. A sweet liqueur named after the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Fecamp, Normandy, who first began making it in 1510. Though the recipe is a closely guarded secret, Bénédictine is cognac-based and flavored with various aromatics, fruit peels and herbs. The flavor is a delicate balance of honey, citrus and herbs. The D.O.M. on each bottle stands for Deo Optimo Maximo, the Bénédictine dedication "To God Most Good, Most Great." 2. A local specialty of Louisville, Kentucky, benedictine is a spread made with cream cheese, cucumbers and dill, all tinted brightly with green food coloring. It's named after its creator, caterer Jennie Benedict.