B√©n√©dictine is a herbal liqueur beverage developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France.
It is claimed that at the Benedictine Abbey of F√©camp in Normandy, monks had developed a medicinal aromatic herbal beverage which was produced until the abbey's devastation during the French Revolution, but in fact Alexandre Le Grand invented the recipe himself, helped by a local chemist, and he told this story to connect the liqueur with the city history to increase sales.
He began production under the trade name "B√©n√©dictine", using a bottle with an easily recognizable shape and label. The family eventually sold the company to Martini and Rossi, which was in turn bought by Bacardi.
The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, purportedly known to only three people at any given time. So many people have tried to reproduce it that the company maintains on its grounds in F√©camp a "Hall of Counterfeits" (Salle des Contrefa√ßons). The bottle and label have been imitated, as has the name B√©n√©dictine. The company prosecutes those it feels are infringing on its intellectual property.