2 oz Rye
1⁄2 oz Bénédictine
1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Green Chartreuse
1 bsp Campari

Combine, ice, stir,strain, coupe. No garnish.


A play on Ted Kilgore's Purgatory.

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Created by
Scott Diaz, Seattle, WA
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  • .25 Benedictine .25 chartreuse .5 Campari Barspoon Fernet
  • Good drink: strong & sweet. Did Dante write a requiem? — ★★★★
  • Too sweet, dial back Benedictine
  • Nicer color than I expected (clear amber). Chartreuse is strong, but ultimately this is well balanced: every ingredient has its chance. Maybe the Benedictine could be taken down a notch. — ★★★★
  • Very nice. Upped Campari to 1/2 oz and Fernet to 1/4 oz. A touch sweet and big. Maybe scale liqueurs back to 1/3 oz. — ★★★★
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I fixed the spelling of the Chartreuse, which might be the reason it wasn't coming up in the database search.



laerm commented on 12/09/2015:

This cocktail is shockingly well-balanced. A work of genius.

Clever clever clever. The Chartreuse fits in perfectly.

Jmmrad commented on 2/02/2018:

Made this with B&B instead of Benedictine (it’s all we had) and I think it mellowed it out a bit, not as sweet as others complained. Very herbaceous and sweet enough. It looked naked without some garnish so we added an orange peel twist, it complemented the herbaceousness!

I've seen comments about the sweetness level of the cocktail, and I can see how it can get a tad sweet for some tastes, but the key is to use an over proof rye like Rittenhouse 100 to help balance with a bit more alcohol.  Definitely dial back the benedictine and chartreuse to 1/4 or so if you are don't have an over proof rye on hand.

Swapped the Chartreuse for Suze and the dashes of Fernet with Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters. Strong and sweet drink, but not too sweet! Used Rittenhouse (100 proof) rye which I feel helped balance things.