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Mixing it Up: 5 Unique Substitutes for Benedictine Liqueur

Benedictine Liqueur is tough to find? No big deal.

Many of us love shaking up cocktails at home, aiming to impress our friends or treat ourselves. That moment when you realize you’re out of Benedictine can send you on a kitchen scavenger hunt.

This herbal, slightly sweet elixir is a key player in many classic drinks. Yet, here’s the kicker – you can swap it out and still create magic in a glass.

Our guide lists five fantastic alternatives that might already be hanging out in your pantry or bar. Each brings its own twist to your beverages, ensuring your mixology game stays strong.

1 – Dom Benedictine B&B Liqueur

Ready for the easiest swap? Meet Dom Benedictine B&B Liqueur. It’s like Benedictine’s cousin who came to the party just in time.

Why’s it great? Well, it actually blends Benedictine with brandy, giving your cocktails a richer, deeper flavor. Plus, it’s easier to find than pure Benedictine. 

How do you use it? Just like the original. If your recipe says one part Benedictine, use one part B&B. Super simple

The brandy adds warmth without overpowering the herbal notes, making it perfect for classics like the Vieux Carré or just a simple Benny and hot tea. Give it a go; your drinks will still be the talk of the evening.

2 – Drambuie

Okay, next up is Drambuie, a sweet Scottish liqueur that’s all about honey and herbs.

Why’s it awesome as a swap? Because it brings in that sweet herbal vibe you’re missing from Benedictine. It’s got a whisky base, so you’re going to notice a cozy, warm undertone that’s perfect for stirring into your cocktails on a chill night.

Using Drambuie is a breeze. If your recipe calls for a shot of Benedictine, swap in a shot of Drambuie. No fuss, no muss.

It’s fantastic in anything needing that sweet herbal kick and looking for more ways to use Drambuie or other cool swaps? Check out this handy guide.

This liqueur slides right into any drink, making it a top-notch sub. Whether it’s jazzing up your whiskey cocktails or adding a new twist to an old favorite, Drambuie’s there to keep your drinks interesting.

3 – Amaro Averna

Heading into Italy, we bump into Amaro Averna, a rich, dark liqueur full of citrus and herbal magic. It’s the friend you didn’t know you needed for swapping out Benedictine.

Why rock with Amaro Averna? Its sweet, slightly bitter flavor brings a whole new vibe to your drinks, making them stand out. Plus, its herbal and citrus notes vibe well in cocktails that usually call for Benedictine.

How do you swap it? Easy peasy. Use Amaro Averna in the same amount as Benedictine. That’s right, 1:1. It slides seamlessly into your favorite mixed drinks, adding a bold, Italian twist that’ll make your guests ask, “What’s in this?”

Are you looking for other sneaky-good substitutes or how to mix Amaro Averna like a pro? Slide over to our guide on Amaro Averna substitutes. Trust me, it’s like finding treasure for your bar setup.

4 – Licor 43

You’ve gotta try Licor 43 if you’re out of Benedictine. It’s this sweet, citrus-flavored liqueur from Spain, and it’s got vanilla vibes too.

Why’s it a smart switch? It brings a sunny, sweet touch to your drinks, kinda like Benedictine but with extra zing. 

Using it’s a piece of cake. Swap it, sip for sip. If your mix calls for a shot of Benedictine, go with a shot of Licor 43. The substitution ratio is 1:1, making things easy. 

Licor 43 shines in cocktails, adding a splash of citrus and sweetness without overpowering for more fun ways to use Licor 43 or find other cool alternatives, hit up this page. Trust me, your cocktail game just got an upgrade with this one.

5 – Amaro Nonino

Next in line is Amaro Nonino, a hidden gem when you’re low on Benedictine.

What’s the scoop? It’s an Italian liqueur with a smooth, herbal, and slightly sweet profile. Perfect for those who love a touch of elegance in their cocktails.

Why’s it a killer substitute? Because it whispers herbal notes while dancing with a gentle sweetness in your drink.

To use Amaro Nonino, think 1:1. This means if your recipe begs for a dose of Benedictine, use the same amount of Amaro Nonino. Easy peasy.

Amaro Nonino steps up your cocktail game by blending in seamlessly, offering a sophisticated twist. And hey, if you’re hunting for more ways to use Amaro Nonino or seeking other awesome swaps, check out this nifty guide. It’s your quick fix for keeping drinks exciting without Benedictine.

Amaro Nonino Sour

Amaro Nonino Sour

This Amaro Nonino Sour is a sophisticated and flavorful cocktail that showcases the herbal and citrus notes of the Amaro Nonino liqueur. It's a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors, making it an ideal aperitif or after-dinner drink.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 servings


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • Rocks glass


  • 2 oz Amaro Nonino liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white optional, for frothy texture
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the Amaro Nonino, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white (if using).
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well-chilled and frothy.
  • Strain the mixture into two rocks glasses filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish each drink with a lemon twist.


  • The egg white is optional, but it adds a lovely frothy texture to the drink.
  • You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup to your taste.
  • Amaro Nonino is a complex and versatile Italian amaro that works well in a variety of cocktails. It can be substituted for other amari like Averna or Nonino in this recipe.
Keyword Amaro Nonino Sour
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