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Ency. Botanica | 25 Jul. 2016

Honey Pomelo - Pomelo

The tangy citrus fruit and the Monkey

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of sweet and bitter, keep reading. A cross between the pomelo and the grapefruit, the honey pomelo combines both distinctive flavors. Though native to Asia, it first entered the market in Israel in the 70s as the result of a backcross, which is also how it...

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Monkey Business | 18 Jul. 2016

Philipp Mainzer – The Architect and His Monkey

Architecture & Design: The Distillery “The Wild Monkey”

© Ingmar Kurth

For some time now, Monkey 47 has been produced in the Black Forest at a distillery dubbed “The Wild Monkey”, which is located at the Schaberhof. An idyllic location that, until its purchase by Black Forest Distillers in 2013, was the site of traditional agriculture and cattle husbandry for five...

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Prescriptions | 11 Jul. 2016

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail

© Jochen Hirschfeld

We don’t know for sure if this cocktail can raise the dead, but we can safely say that it will help revive your spirits. Lest you don’t have a copy of Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (first published in 1930) on hand, we’d like to reveal the perfect mix:
2 cl Monkey 47
2 cl...

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Ency. Botanica | 04 Jul. 2016

English Hawthorn - Crataegus laevigata

The thorny, deciduous bushes known as English hawthorns are a pomaceous fruit that prefers a temperate climate. At home among forests and chaparral, this member of the rose family is also found in our European regions, where it can grow up to several meters high and live as long as 500 years....

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Species Rara | 27 Jun. 2016

Hans Thoma

The Painter from the Black Forest

© ullstein bild-ullstein bild

Born in Bernau (Black Forest) in 1839, painting offered Hans Thoma a way to escape his origins. After the death of his father, a trained miller who later worked as a lumberjack in the Black Forest, Thoma had to provide for his mother and sister, and so he began painting portraits and landscapes...

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Prescriptions | 20 Jun. 2016

Ramos Gin Fizz

A jazzy New Orleans treat

© Jochen Hirschfeld

It was around 1888 when New Orleans bartender Henry C. Ramos developed his special gin fizz (the Ramos) and made his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, the toast of the town. The attention was not just due to the cocktail’s unusual combination of ingredients. According to legend, each bartender...

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Species Rara | 13 Jun. 2016

Tales from the Black Forest

The Eichener Lake – A Lake Mostly Without Water – Schopfheim-Eichen

In the far south lies the small town of Schopfheim next to the Black Forest, and the lake in the district of Eichen is a temperamental wonder of Mother Nature. For most of the time, it is a dry lake and only fills up occasionally in wet years. And this can happen overnight. This unusual body of...

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Ency. Botanica | 06 Jun. 2016

Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum

The Monkey in the punch pot

Cloves are the dried buds of the clove tree, which belongs to the Myrtaceae family. With a height of up to ten meters, this evergreen tree is native to the Molucca Islands (a group of islands in Indonesia also known as the Spice Islands), but today it can be found across the globe. The buds,...

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Species Rara | 30 May. 2016

The Hornkappe

Like a big, black butterfly

© Sebastian Wehrle

As most traditions do, the Hornkappe constantly evolved over the centuries before its most recent form came to be defined by its strikingly large black bow and long fringe around the year 1890. It takes quite a few metres of silk to create such a bow, which was worn by the local rural population...

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Prescriptions | 23 May. 2016

Casino Cocktail

A true classic

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Today we’d like to highlight the Casino Cocktail, an often overlooked classic with the potential to become your new favorite drink. The signature flavor of this cocktail is its mix of bitter and sweet with a touch of sour. Combine 4 cl Monkey 47, 1 cl maraschino liquer, 1 cl lemon juice and a...

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Species Rara | 17 May. 2016

Tales from the Black Forest

The Thousand-Year-Old Lime – What Now, Old Tree? – Ettlingen-Schluttenbach

Propped upright, there she stands, the Old Lady of Schluttenbach. One ailment follows the other, and the residents of the highest and smallest district of Ettlingen are concerned. Everything could be so wonderful: a village square, a fountain, a choir, a lime tree, and a festival. Once a year,...

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Ency. Botanica | 09 May. 2016

Blackberry - Rubus fructicosus

A basket full of joy

The humble blackberry comes into its own as the subject of a lovely old German folk song, which we’ve made a feeble attempt at translating here:
“A basketful, what’s the use?
A hand will surely do;
In my father’s garden,
Yes, the blackberry garden,
There’s enough...

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Species Rara | 02 May. 2016

Carl Friedrich Benz

The Most Beautiful Sound from the Black Forest

© ullstein bild-ullstein bild

In November 1844, a pioneer was born in Mühlburg, in the lovely Black Forest, whose patent now dominates our streetscape: Carl Friedrich Benz. As a graduate mechanical engineer, he’s one of the most important industrial engineers in the history of the global economy, who in 1885, created the...

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Ency. Botanica | 25 Apr. 2016

Orange - Citrus Sinensis

The Monkey kisses the orange

The orange, or the apple from China as the German term “Apfelsine” suggests, is a member of the citrus genus. A cross between the mandarin and the pomelo, this orange-colored fruit originated in China or Southeast Asia and found its way to Europe in the 15th century (where it was initially...

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Species Rara | 18 Apr. 2016

Tales from the Black Forest

Markus Dirr – Dedicated to Good Taste

Markus Dirr first tasted Monkey47 at Schöllmanns, an exclusive bar in Offenburg. Not too far away for him. He lives and works in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl and adopts a similar approach to the Black Forest dry gin: The finest home-grown ingredients combined with ingenious ideas from throughout the...

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Prescriptions | 11 Apr. 2016

Bijou Cocktail

The Monkey and his Jewel

© Jochen Hirschfeld

In French, bijou means “jewel” – an appropriate name for this gem of a cocktail. Developed by Harry Johnson, according to legend the ingredients reflect the resplendent colors of three jewels – gin as a diamond, vermouth as a ruby and Chartreuse as an emerald. A true classic, this precious...

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Ency. Botanica | 04 Apr. 2016

Licorice Glycyrrhiza

The sweet-talking Monkey

Licorice root, or “sweet wood” (Süßholz) as it is called in German, is known not only for its medicinal properties, but also for its sweetness. In fact the German term for sweet-talking (Süßholz raspeln) translates literally as grating licorice root. While he was working on perfecting his unique...

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Species Rara | 29 Mar. 2016

Tales from the Black Forest

Gin and Other Medicines

With everything that you find in the Ratsapotheke pharmacy in the small Black Forest town of Schiltach, you could start producing your own Monkey 47. For the pharmacy museum has, amongst other things, distillation apparatus and a vast array of botanicals on display – certainly more than the 47...

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Natural Habitat | 21 Mar. 2016

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

The Kameel and the Monkey – a perfect Viennese Melange

© David M. Peters

Is there such a thing as love at first sight? We are convinced that the answer is a resounding yes! For example, when a certain little Monkey met a “Black Kameel” for the first time and realized that he wanted to stay at “Zum Schwarzen Kameel” forever. But first things first. The Monkey is a...

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Species Rara | 14 Mar. 2016

Tales from the Black Forest

Steampunk in the Black Forest – Eccentric Time Travel

Jules Verne and H.G. Wells as well as modern-day science fiction writers such as Bruce Sterling and William Gibson have dared to experiment, writing about the future of a past that never was. What would have happened if...? If the petrol engine had never replaced steam power? If gigantic...

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Prescriptions | 07 Mar. 2016

Bronx Cocktail

The Monkey in New York

© Jochen Hirschfeld

If you think that the Bronx Cocktail is only drunk by tough guys, to the sounds of hip-hop, then think again. The mild-mannered Black Forest monkey also enjoys its sweet and fruity taste. How and where this particular mix originated, however, is the subject of many tales: The most popular theory...

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Ency. Botanica | 29 Feb. 2016

True Sage - Salvia Officinalis

A true panacea for Monkeys

Also known as garden sage, kitchen sage or common sage, this evergreen herb with medicinal properties is a subshrub of the genus Salvia and can reach a height of up to 80 centimeters. The strong, aromatic odor is characteristic of all parts of the plant, which are covered in wooly hairs that are...

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Opus Magnum | 22 Feb. 2016

Zest Like the Best

Monkey 47 Die Zestenwerkzeuge


Attention all bartenders, connoisseurs and Monkey tamers – the motto in the Black Forest is “zest like the best.” In collaboration with Moritz Wenz Studio and the venerable knife manufacturer, Otter Messer – the former is responsible for the elegant design, while the latter gave the blades their...

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Prescriptions | 15 Feb. 2016

Sloe Gin Negroni

Sloe Camillo and His Monkey

© Jochen Hirschfeld

A classic 1:1:1 drink (with equal proportions of all ingredients), the Negroni ranks among the true evergreens of any bar. (By the way, you can find the recipe on our page entitled “Don Camillo and His Monkey”.) The chief attraction of the Sloe Gin Negroni is, of course, our Schwarzwald Sloe...

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Monkey Business | 10 Feb. 2016

The Carnival Steed of Constance

The Polizeiblaetzle and his steed!

© Axel Hoedt

Led by the Polizeiblaetzle on horseback – Blaetzle refers to the felt scales that adorn the policeman’s garment – the Blaetzle boys of Constance’s fools’ guild roam the city’s alleyways on Holy Thursday in keeping with a long-held Alemannic Carnival custom. Their traditional costume, or Haes, is...

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Monkey Business | 09 Feb. 2016

The Urzels of Sachsenheim

The whip and the Urzels!

© Axel Hoedt

Since 1965, the Sachsenheim guild of Urzels has been responsible for preserving and promoting the fools’ custom known as the Running of the Urzels. The main figures in this practice originating from the Transylvanian city of Agnita are the Urzels, fantastical carnival creatures in painted, wire...

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Monkey Business | 08 Feb. 2016

The Butzenzuttel of Hirrlingen

Butz, Butz Dollia, hot an alta Doffel an!

© Axel Hoedt

According to early records, Carnival in Hirrlingen (a community in the Tübingen district of Baden-Württemberg) begins on Candlemas. This holiday, which falls 40 days after Christmas, on February 2, is considered auspicious for cleaning and is therefore the day when Christmas trees are...

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Monkey Business | 04 Feb. 2016

The Rußhexe of Empfingen

Schmotziger Dunschtig and its witch!

© Axel Hoedt

On Rußigen or the day of soot, which falls on Holy Thursday (Schmotziger Dunschtig or “dirty” Thursday in the Alemannic dialect), all is quiet on the streets of Empfingen. The residents cower in their homes, only rarely peeking through the curtains to see if the soot witch, known as the Rußhexe,...

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Species Rara | 01 Feb. 2016

The Straw Top Hat

Timeless Traditions

© Sebastian Wehrle

Whoever hears the word “Black Forest” thinks instinctively of the renowned cuckoo clock and sees pass before their spiritual eyes the hustle and bustle of the “Fasnet period” (or generally speaking: Fasching, Carnival or a time in which to dress up and celebrate all sorts of traditions). Besides...

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Opus Magnum | 25 Jan. 2016

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures of Sophistication!"

Episode 4: The Fields of Purple - PROVENCE

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Species Rara | 18 Jan. 2016

The Bridal Crown

The Mexican Black Forest

© Sebastian Wehrle

The bridal crown, also known as a Schäppel in the Black Forest, enjoys a long tradition, and compared with a bridal wreath or veil, is the oldest decorative form of headdress worn by gushing brides-to-be. A symbol of purity and family status, the bridal crown was hung over the wedding table...

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Monkey Business | 11 Jan. 2016

Stuttgart Market Hall: Merz & Benzing

A Monkey Among Beautiful Accessories

© Merz & Benzing

If you had to guess our state capital based on its characteristic features, renowned motor car brands, a football team that could do with some support again this season, the home of countless tinkerers and thinkers, and lentils with spätzle noodles would all be high on the list. And among those...

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Prescriptions | 04 Jan. 2016

Hanky Panky

Abracadabra and the Little Monkey

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The monkey from the Black Forest is not actually a fan of hocus-pocus; he prefers to keep things things clear and simple. Except, of course, when it comes to the legendary Hanky Panky, born around 100 years ago in the bar of the Savoy Hotel in London. Incidentally, it was served by a lady: the...

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Opus Magnum | 31 Dec. 2015

Monkey 47 presents: The Unblemished Truth

Behind the Scenes...

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Ency. Botanica | 21 Dec. 2015

Acacia Flowers - Acacia verticillata

Natural Soul Kitchen

Acacias, which belong to the legume family of plants and comprise some 1,300 species, are found in the subtropical regions of South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. They should not be confused with false acacias, which belong to the Robinia genus. Their yellow buds blossom between April and...

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Species Rara | 14 Dec. 2015

Tales from the Black Forest - The Skilift

Schollach – Lift Me Up!

It is important to have ideas. The courage to implement your visions and the diligence to get the very best out of yourself and your product whilst meeting the highest standards of quality. What sounds like Monkey 47’s recipe for success also applies to the upper Black Forest town of Eisenbach....

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Prescriptions | 07 Dec. 2015


Stirred, not shaken

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The Martini is a cocktail classic that is usually made with gin and dry, French vermouth. There are numerous theories about the origins of the Martini. In 1997, Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown compiled a list of the top ten supposed inventors in their book entitled "Shaken Not...

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Natural Habitat | 29 Nov. 2015


Oh de Cologne

© Volker Seibert

Recently voted amongst the world’s top ten in the “Best New International Cocktail Bar” category at the Tales of the Cocktail® awards in New Orleans (the Oscars of the international bar industry), and he’s already made it onto our homepage. For Volker Seibert and his team, the reasons to...

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Ency. Botanica | 23 Nov. 2015

Ginger - Zingiber Officinale

The Monkey and his magic root

A member of the ginger family, root ginger is a monocotyledonous plant whose rootstock, or “rhizome”, is used as both a spice and a type of medicine. Indigenous to the tropics and subtropics, zingiber officinale is cultivated in countries such as Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Japan and China and,...

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Species Rara | 16 Nov. 2015

The Bollenhut (Pompom Hat)

Tradition in Red and Black

© Sebastian Wehrle

Just another gin! Not at all, rather Bollenhut, turban and bowler. Bollenhut? Bollenhut! The traditional dress of our Black Forest, which apart from the black forest itself, is world-renowned for the red pompoms on the hat of the lovely ladies wearing this dress. Stitched to the top of a...

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Monkey Business | 11 Nov. 2015

Axel Hoedt

Narri Narro to a Black Forest artist!

© Axel Hoedt

Born in Staufen, Axel Hoedt is a true Black Forest original. After studying photographic design in Bielefeld, he has been living and working in London since 1999. The forty-eight-year-old artist has always been interested in Black Forest carnival customs, and his series of portraits, collected...

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Prescriptions | 09 Nov. 2015

White Lady

Mystical Nights

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Legend has it that this mystical cocktail originated in London's Ciro's Club at the end of the Roaring Twenties. The elegant version of the White Lady we know today was created by none other than Harry MacElhone, the legendary bartender at Harry's New York Bar in Paris. After months of...

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Species Rara | 02 Nov. 2015


The Mother of All Medical Dramas

© ullstein bild – dpa

Let us pause for a moment and consider what the rest of the world knows of our beautiful Black Forest. First of all, there’s the cuckoo clock, a timepiece that signals the hour not with a living cuckoo but with its familiar call. Or the Bollenhut, that iconic hat with its red woolen pompoms -...

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Species Rara | 26 Oct. 2015

Hermann Hesse

From the Black Forest to the Entire World

© ullstein bild – ullstein bild

On 2 July 1877, a man was born in the Black Forest – in Calw to be precise – who would bestow upon us his words, thoughts and great poetic works. His name was Hermann Hesse. A restless soul all his life and one of the world’s most widely read German-language writers of the 20th century. As the...

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Ency. Botanica | 19 Oct. 2015

Rose Hip - Rosa Canina

The crimson-red pod!

Sung about in countless children’s songs, the rose hip is an aggregate fruit comprising different types of rose (from which wild roses primarily take their name) and contains many small nuts, the fluffy hairs of which have often provided the basis of practical jokes – in a similar way to itching...

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Prescriptions | 12 Oct. 2015

Red Lion

In the Animal Kingdom

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The father of this classic gin drink is Arthur Tarling, a bartender in London's Café Royal, who won first prize in a London cocktail competition in 1933 with his recipe. Light and refreshing, the Red Lion has quite the pedigree thanks to its simple taste, without any fuss, frills or indeed loud...

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Opus Magnum | 06 Oct. 2015

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures of Sophistication!"

Episode 3: The Kingdom of Bärwurz - BLACK FOREST

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Opus Magnum | 05 Oct. 2015

The all new Distiller´s Cut 2015

Monkey meets Bärwurz

This year, our Master Distiller, Christoph Keller, once again embarked on a special distillatory mission. You know how it is – botanical curiosity, a desire to explore new sensory territory, a knack for discovering particular aromas and, last but not least, an eagerness to stay in good spirits...

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Monkey Business | 28 Sep. 2015


A monkey with a pigtail

Descending from a genus of macaque, a primate type from the family of Old World monkeys, the nemestrina is a kind of southern pig-tailed macaque. These furry little creatures owe their name not least to their tail, which closely resembles that of a pig. While their back is coloured olive-brown...

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Monkey Business | 23 Sep. 2015

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures Of Sophistication!"

Episode 2: Raiders of the lost Bark - PORTUGAL

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Ency. Botanica | 21 Sep. 2015

Jasmine – Jasminum Officinale

A fragrance called Jasmine

A sprawling, deciduous shrub with vines that can climb up to ten metres, jasmine belongs to the olive family Oleaceae. Its delicate, white, sweetly scented flowers bloom from June to September and are held on pedicels whose oval berries turn dark-red when ripe, and later purple. The long, thin...

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Prescriptions | 07 Sep. 2015

Tom Collins

From Gossiping to the Great Gin Reconciliation

© Jochen Hirschfeld

A Collins is a cocktail with a classic sour base but that is fizzed up using soda water. There are numerous tales on the origins of the cocktail name, but the most popular account is about a mischievous character known as Tom Collins, who hung around taverns in the US in the late 19th century....

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Natural Habitat | 31 Aug. 2015

Misses Jones and Her Monkey

Yusufix and the magic potion

We find ourselves in the year 2015 AD. All of Gaul is occupied by the Romans... All of it? No! A bar and club village inhabited by defiant Gauls continues to resist the invader’s advances.

And life isn’t easy for the Black Forest legionaries, whose duty it is to propagate the magic...

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Monkey Business | 24 Aug. 2015

47 – Fortyseven

47 hand-picked ingredients – 47% by volume – and Monkey 47

The number 47 is shrouded in numerous myths and tales that not only pose conundrums but sometimes also lead us off into quite mysterious worlds. Legend has it that the number 47 came to the forefather of Monkey 47, Montgomery Collins, in a dream one night, whereupon he developed his famous...

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Species Rara | 17 Aug. 2015


The Lion in the Jar

Montgomery Collins, the forefather of Monkey 47, was born in India in 1909. Four years previously, in the fall of 1905, an unknown couple got married in Germany. The pear tree in the garden must have looked quite spectacular. Its fruits were big and ripe. They plucked two as a sign of their...

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Ency. Botanica | 10 Aug. 2015

Common Vervain - Verbena Officinalis

The love herb

A member of the verbena family, common vervain is a deciduous, herbaceous plant that grows up to 75 centimetres high. The underside of the leaves are traversed by veins, and like the branching stems, are covered with glandular hairs, while the quite small, hermaphrodite flowers have five petals...

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Prescriptions | 03 Aug. 2015

L´Aiglon Screaming

King Louis and the Screaming Monkey

© Jochen Hirschfeld

If you've ever wondered what monkeys and tomatoes have in common, you'll find the answer in Singapore – from the inventor of the legendary Screaming Tomatoes cocktail and Bar Manager of L'Aiglon, Louis Tan Chuan Ming. The Singaporean Screaming Tomatoes are a masterly reinterpretation of the...

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Monkey Business | 31 Jul. 2015

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures Of Sophistication!"

Episode 1: The Volcano of Lemons - SICILY

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Ency. Botanica | 27 Jul. 2015

Nutmeg - Myristica fragrans

A Berry by the Name of a Nut

The name nutmeg is misleading because this plant actually produces a type of berry, the excessive consumption of which can trigger hallucinating effects. The origins of nutmeg can be traced back to Indonesia’s Banda Islands, where the evergreen nutmeg tree, which can reach a height of 20 m and...

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Species Rara | 20 Jul. 2015

The "Chäs-Chuchi"

All Cheese Homemade

Getting a lift in someone's car can have far-reaching consequences. The attractive Sabine from Munich was looking for a lift to her dairy college – and promptly found the man of her life.

She had inherited her love of cheese from her father, who was the managing director of a large...

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Natural Habitat | 13 Jul. 2015

Burnt Ends in Singapore

Playing with Fire

Whoever associates a barbecue with fatty sausages and stringy pork neck is in for a sizzling surprise at Andre Chiang's Burnt Ends restaurant in the heart of Singapore. This is where head chef Dave Pynt pursues his passion for playing with fire. The modern yet traditional eatery is dominated by...

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Prescriptions | 02 Jul. 2015


A British Prosit

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Vesper is a cocktail enshrouded in myths that is made of gin, vodka and Kina Lillet. It was invented by the author Ian Fleming in 1953 in his first James Bond book, Casino Royale, for the most famous secret agent, cocktail connoisseur and womaniser of all time. Indeed, it was womanising that...

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Prescriptions | 19 Jun. 2015


Don Camillo and His Monkey

© Jochen Hirschfeld

In the true style of la dolce vita, the classic Negroni cocktail is served as an apéritif and gets its name from the Italian bon vivant and Count Camillo Negroni. The origins of the drink trace back to around 1920 when Conte Negroni asked his bartender Fosco Scarselli in his usual hangout, Caffè...

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Monkey Business | 15 Jun. 2015

Dr. Goodall And Her Monkey!

New addition to the Monkey Family

© Michael Neugebauer/Jane Goodall Institut

MONKEY 47 is now the proud guardian of Willy, a young chimpanzee. With the help of the Jane Goodall Institute, a dream has finally come true.

Black Forest Distillers and its owner and founder Alexander Stein have fulfilled a long-held wish by becoming the lifelong guardian of Willy,...

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Species Rara | 11 Jun. 2015

Portrait Jane Goodall

A Life Devoted to Chimpanzees

© Michael Neugebauer/Jane Goodall Institut

At the age of just 23, Dr. Jane Goodall set off for Africa, where three years later, she lay the foundation for her impressive life’s work. Now aged 81, the prominent primatologist, environmentalist and UN Messenger of Peace has dedicated herself and her entire life to nature, animals and our...

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Species Rara | 08 Jun. 2015

Axel Haberstroh

Monkey in a Two-Man Bob

When the makers of Monkey 47 had the idea of having a monkey sculpture made to honour outstanding individuals and deeds, it soon became clear that Axel Haberstroh was the right man for the job. The artist lives with his family in Basel and, like Monkey 47, is a product of the Black Forest with...

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Ency. Botanica | 03 Jun. 2015


Matricaria chamomilla

A member of the daisy family (Asteraceae in Latin), the camomile plant is indigenous to southern and eastern Europe, but is the native medicinal plant throughout all of Europe today. And this includes the Black Forest, where it blooms in the garden as one of the 47 ingredients. Ranging from 20...

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Opus Magnum | 01 Jun. 2015

Species Rara Award

The Monkey Enters a New Dimension

Species Rara in Bronze. In autumn 2013, the makers of Monkey 47, Alexander Stein and Master Distiller, Christoph Keller, together with their team had the idea of honouring outstanding individuals for their exceptional endeavours. The label of Monkey 47 Black Forest dry gin depicts Max, the...

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Species Rara | 26 May. 2015

The Master of Bees

Beekeeper Johannes Wirz

Over a third of the 47 ingredients in Monkey 47 come from the Black Forest and are not among the typical gin spices, including wild hibiscus, sloe, elderberry, dog rose, hedge rose, acacia, chamomile, and blackberry. But not only lovers of good gin like the taste of these botanicals – bees also...

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Natural Habitat | 18 May. 2015

L’Aiglon, Singapore

Monkey in an Eagle’s Nest

The name L’Aiglon dates back to the long-awaited heir to Napoléon’s throne, Napoléon Bonaparte, who also became known as “The Eaglet” (L’Aiglon). The L’Aiglon bar in central Singapore has little that resembles an eagle’s nest. Its ambience is more a blend of Parisian chic with Asian flair and it...

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Prescriptions | 23 Mar. 2015

Gin Classics #8

The Martinez

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Thought to be the ‘Father’ of the Martini, the Martinez’s origins belong in a cloudy haze of uncertainty. Nothing unusual for Cocktail classic oft he early days. It most likely started life sometime in the 1860’s and 70’s, but is first known to have been published in O.H. Byron’s “The Modern...

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Ency. Botanica | 16 Mar. 2015

Angelica Archangelica

Believing In Angels and the Holy Ghost

Angelica archangelica, commonly known as Garden Angelica, Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, and Norwegian angelica, is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family, a subspecies of which is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. Like several other species in Apiaceae, its appearance is...

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Species Rara | 09 Mar. 2015

Fischer Dübel

Connected by Tradition

Connections play an important role in the Black Forest. Whether it's combining a clock movement with the call of a cuckoo, marrying ham with the smoky, spicy flavor of the forest, or refining excellent alcohol with 47 selected botanicals – whatever people from the Black Forest bring together, it...

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Natural Habitat | 02 Mar. 2015

Janes & Hooch

A Modern Take On A Vintage Dive Bar

Janes & Hooch is a modern take on a vintage dive bar in the heart of Sanlitun's factory district of Beijing. Coming from two opposite sides of Australia, Warren Pang, Perth (The Opposite House, d. lounge) and Milan Sekulic, Melbourne (The Opposite House, East, Cakeshop Consulting) are in...

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Monkey Business | 23 Feb. 2015

Hard, Clear and Strong

Max Küng

The famous Swiss columnist Max Küng (Das Magazin, Die Zeit and Lufthansa exclusive) recently reported on his own personal encounter with our little monkey. And on discovering a remarkable predecessor of Montgomery Collins! When he isn’t writing, Küng is primarily out and about on his new racing...

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Monkey Business | 16 Feb. 2015

The Monkey Shave

Jan van Rossum

Jean van Rossum aka ‘Mad Mister Barberstation’ comes from a family with a long tradition of hairdressing. Before he took over his dad’s hair salon fourteen years ago, he had been a professional musician and drummer, performing under the name of Jean Monsou. Bands, records, hits and video clips,...

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Prescriptions | 09 Feb. 2015

Gin Classics #7 - Last Words

Easy To Make But Very Hard To Forget

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The Last Word is a Gin based prohibition-era cocktail originally developed at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Last Word consists of equal amounts of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and freshly pressed lime juice, which are combined in a shaker with ice. After shaking the mix is poured...

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Species Rara | 02 Feb. 2015

The Black Forest Piper

Helmut Moßmann

Bohemian Ram. Little Bumblebee. No, not pet names that aging married couples have for each other. These are just a few of the unusually archaic-sounding instruments that belong to the larger family of bagpipes. Scottish bagpipes are generally a familiar concept, but the Black Forest shepherd's...

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Species Rara | 26 Jan. 2015


Hub In The Black Forest

Just as gin is now superseding the rather soulless vodka, the good old record is also experiencing something of a revival. When the CD embarked on its global success story, the vinyl record disappeared from music shops everywhere. Only specialists sold them. Today, supporters of the humble...

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Prescriptions | 23 Jan. 2015

Gin Classics #6

The Aviation

© Jochen Hirschfeld

As with many classic cocktails, the Aviation is enshrouded in numerous myths. The original recipe for the Aviation cocktail appeared in Hugo Ensslin’s 1961 ‘Recipes for Mixed Drinks’ collection.

Originally from Germany (where else?), Ensslin was then working as a barkeeper at the...

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Monkey Business | 16 Dec. 2014

Simia Sylvanus Linn

The Old World Monkey

The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is a species of macaque unique for its distribution outside Asia and for its vestigial tail. Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and El-Kouf National Park in Libya along with a small population of unknown origin in Gibraltar, the Barbary...

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Species Rara | 01 Dec. 2014

The Perfumer Behind Bars

The Curtain Club And Fragrances

One man, one hotel, two concepts. Arnd Henning Heißen is the creative magician who has transformed ‘The Curtain Club’ and ‘Fragrances’ at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin into places of extravagant indulgence with worldwide acclaim.

Arnd Heißen is a regular guest at the award presentations...

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Prescriptions | 24 Nov. 2014

The Gimlet

From Drilling Holes And Scurvy Medication

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The word "gimlet" used in this sense is first attested in 1928. The most obvious derivation is from the tool for drilling small holes, whose name is also used figuratively to describe something as sharp or piercing. Thus, the cocktail may have been named for its "penetrating"...

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Ency. Botanica | 18 Nov. 2014

The Gardener´s Hope

Lavandula Angustifolia

Lavandula angustifolia (lavender or English lavender, though not native to England; also common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved lavender), formerly L. officinalis, is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to the western Mediterranean, primarily the Pyrenees and other mountains...

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Monkey Business | 14 Nov. 2014

Travel with us to exciting destinations

A Tribute to the Bar Convent Berlin

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Species Rara | 10 Nov. 2014

Oscar Peterson

The Black Forest Maharaja

Montgomery Collins, the forefather of Monkey47, spent his early years in India, which is what makes his gin so exotic. As the son of a diplomat, it is likely that he was in contact with a maharaja, although we can't be certain of this. At the time when he ran his "Wild Monkey"...

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Species Rara | 01 Oct. 2014

The Monkey 47 Distiller´s Cut 2014

A True Species Rara

Word should have got round by now that our Master Distiller, Christoph Keller, has been embarking on his fourth annual search for that “specie rara” – a special ingredient for our Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut, which is a limited edition of just 4,000 bottles that sets the hearts of barkeepers and...

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Species Rara | 22 Sep. 2014

The Preiselbeerkamm

Fruit That Brings You to Your Knees

Fruit That Brings You to Your Knees First they’re green, then white, and finally red – and thus ripe. Lingonberries are some of the tastiest produce of the Black Forest, although there are only very few people who really like to eat them raw. In their pure form, they taste bitter and will turn...

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Prescriptions | 15 Sep. 2014

The Bramble

An instant classic by Dick Bradsell

© Jochen Hirschfeld

A instant classic, the Bramble was created in the mid 1980’s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London. Bradsell who to this day is still bartending is one of the most loved people in the industry and the man who single-handedly changed the face of the cocktail scene in London in the...

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Species Rara | 08 Sep. 2014

One flew over the Cuckoo Clock

A Black Forest Bestseller

Unmistakably associated with the Black Forest and a bestseller the world over – the cuckoo clock. At its best, it is an ambassador for traditional Baden handicraft; at its worst, a cheap imitation “Made in China”. Marking the hours with its unique melody, it projects a down-to-earth sense of...

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Prescriptions | 21 Jul. 2014

The Gibson

Onions and the Gibson Girl

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The exact origin of the Gibson is unclear, with numerous popular tales and theories about its genesis. According to one popular theory Charles Dana Gibson is responsible for the creation of the Gibson, when he supposedly challenged Charley Connolly, the bartender of the Players Club in New York...

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Species Rara | 14 Jul. 2014

Kippy in St. Georgen

Few artists of their times have so many stories told about them as Martin Kippenberger. Ben Becker dedicated a song to him, a cleaning woman unwittingly cleaned one of his works, thereby ruining it, and the matter of whether or not you can see a swastika will always make you think of the artist...

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Monkey Business | 07 Jul. 2014

Simia Midas

The Monkey With The Golden Hands

The red-handed tamarin (Simia midas), also known as the golden-handed tamarin or Midas tamarin, is a New World monkey named for the contrasting reddish-orange hair on its feet and hands. It is native to wooded areas north of the Amazon River in Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and...

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Prescriptions | 30 Jun. 2014

The French 75

Under Friendly Fire

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The French 75 was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. Located at 5, Rue Daunou, between the Avenue de l'Opéra and the Rue de la Paix in Paris, France, the bar was acquired by former American star jockey Tod Sloan in 1911, who...

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Species Rara | 16 Jun. 2014

The Black Forest Beard Club

The Club with Growing Enthusiasm

Germans love their clubs. If three people realize that they have something in common, there is a good chance that they'll soon establish a new one. The country is full of music and sports clubs, but German registers of associations also have some rather exotic clubs. Although the "Monkey...

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Monkey Business | 13 Jun. 2014

Monkey 47 Goes US!

We Made It Across The Pond

We are pleased to announce that Sidney Frank Importing assumes patronage of Monkey 47 in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. . The family-run business with traditional expertise in importing and distributing spirits was delighted by the idea of being the U.S. mentor for our monkey...

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Natural Habitat | 09 Jun. 2014

Sank Roo Doe Noo

Harry´s Bar, Paris

Located at 5, Rue Daunou, between the Avenue de l'Opéra and the Rue de la Paix in Paris, France, the bar was acquired by former American star jockey Tod Sloan in 1911, who converted it from a bistro and renamed it the "New York Bar." Sloan had gone partners with a New Yorker named...

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Monkey Business | 02 Jun. 2014

Simia Patas Buff

The Fastest Primate In The World

The Patas Monkey is a medium to large sized species of Old World Monkey that is found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa. Also known as the Military Monkey, the Hussar Monkey and the Red Guenon, the Patas Monkey is the only member of it's genus due to the fact that it has long...

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Ency. Botanica | 26 May. 2014

The Musketeer

Abelmoschus Moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family, which is native to India. Despite its tropical origin the plant is frost hardy. Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this use is now mostly replaced by...

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Natural Habitat | 19 May. 2014

The Zoo Bar

A Monkey House Opens In St. Moritz

Cresta is only practised in St. Moritz. This exclusive sport involves hurtling down an ice-covered run at speeds of up to 140 km/h on a vehicle similar to a bob skeleton, with the rider's nose only a few centimetres from the ice. The Cresta club's original members were almost exclusively British...

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Species Rara | 09 May. 2014

Eddie the Eagle

A Soaring Career

"I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky." Michael Edwards, a bricklayer from Cheltenham, England, firmly believed in his outlandish dream of flying. The harsh reality of gravity very quickly brought him back down to earth at each of his attempts, but his enthusiasm gave him...

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Prescriptions | 05 May. 2014

The Clover Club

Enjoyed By Prohibition Gentlemen

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The Clover Club Cocktail is a drink that pre-dates Prohibition, and is named for the Philadelphia men's club of the same name, which met in the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in the early days. It has a long history dating back to at least 1910, and was enjoyed by the captains of industry who were...

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Ency. Botanica | 21 Apr. 2014

Grains Of Paradise

Aframomum Melegueta

Aframomum melegueta is a species in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. This spice, commonly known as Grains of Paradise, Melegueta pepper, alligator pepper, Guinea grains, fom wisa, or Guinea pepper, is obtained from the ground seeds; it imparts a pungent, peppery flavour with hints of citrus....

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Species Rara | 14 Apr. 2014

The Man with Smokey Eyes

Thomas Faißt

When Germans talk about someone having “lots of coal”, they mean that the person is rich. This term originates from cold winters in the post-war period when only the rich could afford to sit around a warm stove. The expression has little to do with the job of a charcoal burner because, as a...

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Opus Magnum | 11 Apr. 2014

Monkey 47 The Becher

Mens sana in corpore sano. After several years of sensory research and experimenting with a variety of glasses in search of a healthy mind in a healthy body (the perfect gin and tonic as it were), we have adopted a completely new approach in our hunt for the perfect drinking vessel. In addition...

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Natural Habitat | 04 Apr. 2014

Hands Up

Senator Saloon

The Senator Saloon is a 1920’s style American whiskey bar and restaurant, located in a cozy neighbourhood in Shanghai. Actually it is a look back on the era of Prohibition when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages was outlawed in the U.S. The inspiration for this unique place derives...

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Species Rara | 28 Mar. 2014

Truly Humble

Björn Kjellberg

Truly humble and always in a gentle mood, Björn set out to lift the cocktail scene in Sweden from the ground up by doing what he does best – making cocktails of unrivaled quality. Parallel to working as a bartender at a collection of leading bars he has been running a bartender school giving...

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Ency. Botanica | 26 Mar. 2014

The Marshmallow Man

Althaea Officials

Althaea officials (marshmallow, marsh mallow, or common marshmallow) is a species indigenous to Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. A confection made from the root of the marshmallow plant since ancient Egyptian time evolved into today's marshmallow treat which in...

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Species Rara | 17 Mar. 2014

The Affenbar

Table-Dancing Monkeys

Monkey 47 was not yet around in the late 1960s, which is a shame because it would have been totally at home in the “Affenbar” in the small Black Forest village of Adelshausen on the Swiss border.

From 1968 to 1971, customers were able to marvel at real-life relatives of the monkey...

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Opus Magnum | 10 Dec. 2013

The Monkey 47 Distiller`s Cut 2012

And The Unquenchable Curiosity For Botanicals

Driven by an unquenchable curiosity for botanicals and a passionate desire to explore new sensory territory, combined with a soft spot for exquisite distillates, our Master Distiller, Christoph Keller, has been embarking on his third annual search for that "specie rara" – a special...

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Prescriptions | 10 Sep. 2013

The Juniper Sling

Worth to Buy A Thermomix!

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The Juniper Sling recipe created for luxury perfumer Penhaligon's by Zachary de Git of Singapore´s one and only Tippling Club is a true piece of craftsmanship. Designed on the fragrance's actual flavor chart and served in a Penhaligon bottle placed in a Penhaligon gift box, this liquid jewel...

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Species Rara | 08 Aug. 2013

We Sail Tonight For Singapore…

Ryan Clift – Tippling Club

Ryan Clift's culinary career began at the early age of 14 at a 1 Michelin Star restaurant near his hometown of Devizes, Wiltshire (UK).  Immediately drawn to the high energy and atmosphere of the kitchen, Ryan worked his way up from washing dishes to becoming a young culinary protégé....

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Monkey Business | 14 Jul. 2013

For The Movers And Shakers

The Mason Shaker

Inspired by the classic southern icon, the Mason jar, the Mason Shaker is a unique four-piece cocktail shaker that harkens to American eras past.  Mason jar is a molded glass jar used in canning to preserve food. The mouth of the jar has screw threads on its outer perimeter to accept a...

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Opus Magnum | 03 Jul. 2013

The Art Of Cork

Quercus Suber

Who would have thought that it all starts in the forest? Well, we actually. Quercus suber, commonly called the cork oak, is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree in the section Quercus sect. Cerris. It is the primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and other uses, such as a bottle stopper...

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Opus Magnum | 13 Jun. 2013

Just Another Gin?

Monkey 47 - Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Certainly Not! Admittedly, it appears somewhat eccentric to claim that a recipe for gin has the power to unite great British traditions, the exoticness of India, and the purity and nativeness of the Black Forest. And yet it is precisely this eccentricity that defines the enigmatic character of...

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Monkey Business | 09 Jun. 2013

The Monkey Safari

A Quite Unusual Journey

Everything you wanted to know about Gin but where afraid to ask! This being said we have opened the gates of our Distillery to some of europes best Bartenders, Mixologists and true long term companions. Welcome to the Planet of the Ape, where we have introduced our dear guests to...

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Opus Magnum | 04 Jun. 2013

Monkey 47 And How It Came To Be...

The Story Of Monkey 47

Scarcely any other spirit has changed so dynamically and continued to develop over the past three centuries. Originating in medieval monasteries, where archaically distilled alcohol was flavoured with juniper berries to mask its inferior quality and taste, Dutch "Genever", which had...

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Species Rara | 24 May. 2013

Ata Macias

Come On In My Kitchen

"A man without vision is like a sea without water." When Atanasios Christos Macias opened his club Robert Johnson in Offenbach's Kaiserlei district on...

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Prescriptions | 24 May. 2013

The Yellow Monkey

An Inspiration From Shanghai

© Jochen Hirschfeld

This extravagant gin and tonic has been created for us by Dario Gentile from the Jing´an Shangri-La in Shanghai. Into a chilled, pure crystal glass, pour 50 ml of Monkey 47. Add cubes of clear ice together with some pistils of Iranian saffron. Stir for 15 seconds to allow the...

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Natural Habitat | 24 May. 2013

The Aperitivo Par Excellence

Bar Basso, Milan

A true cult bar for sophisticated drinking devotees, Bar Basso was the first-ever Milanese joint to introduce the “aperitif” to everyday people. An historical cocktail...

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Monkey Business | 24 May. 2013

The Monkey And The Pay Czar

The Monkey, mischievous as he is, devised a new scheme. He went to his next-door neighbour, saying, “Give me your savings, and I will return them to you in double in just fifteen days!” 

The neighbour, down on his luck, jumped at the proposition and duly handed the Monkey the last...

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Natural Habitat | 24 May. 2013

Please Don’t Tell

PDT, New York City

PDT, an acronym for Please Don't Tell, is the hot dog joint for grown-ups. Well actually, it’s the cocktail lounge annex to Crif Dogs, an East Village hot dog joint...

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Species Rara | 24 May. 2013

Thomas Grässlin

Black Forest Avantgarde

In national terms, the Black Forest is an institution; internationally, it is a hilly creation. For the former, it is typified by cured ham and a climate with therapeutic qualities; for the latter, cuckoo clocks surrounded by fir trees. Tourists from near and far enjoy a quick trip to the...

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Species Rara | 24 May. 2013

Andreas Murkudis

Discreet Luxury

Murkudis should emerge from the depths of the room... and there he comes. Your first impression of the Andreas Murkudis Store in Berlin's Potsdamer Strasse is one of luxurious expansiveness. Flooded with light, transparent, almost minimalist – the architects Gonzalez/Haase tailored the interior...

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Species Rara | 24 May. 2013

Jim Meehan

Shake The drink – Not Your Body

To drink is to pray. Drinking correctly, however, needs to be learned – and this is especially true for cocktails. It is no coincidence that this art has matured to perfection in the USA, from where cocktails conquered the world. And as much as Americans are willing to forgive, a bartender who...

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Prescriptions | 24 May. 2013

Twentieth Century

Monkey Meets Nightjar

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Twentieth Century is a cocktail created by a British bartender called C.A. Tuck, and named in honor of the celebrated Twentieth Century Limited train which ran between New York City and Chicago from 1902 until 1967. The recipe was first published in 1937 in the Café Royal Cocktail Book by...

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Ency. Botanica | 24 May. 2013


Coriandrum Sativum

Coriandrum sativum, also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 cm tall. The leaves are variable in...

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Monkey Business | 20 May. 2013

Meet The Ape

Tokyo International Bar Show 2013

Yes it is a long way from home. But it was worth every single mile. Since april 2012 the Monkey has made appearances in central parts of Japan. In recent months, growth in the monkey population has meant more frequent...

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Ency. Botanica | 19 May. 2013

Scarlet Monarda

Monarda Dydima

Monarda didyma (crimson beebalm, scarlet beebalm, scarlet monarda) is an aromatic herb in the family Lamiaceae, native to eastern North America from Maine west to Ohio and south to northern Georgia. Its odor is considered similar to that of the bergamot orange (the source of bergamot oil used to...

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Prescriptions | 16 May. 2013

After Nine Punch

After Nine Is Not Just After Eight

© Jochen Hirschfeld

A refreshing gin-spiked tea punch, created by Jim Meehan of PDT in New York City, is playfully named after the classic After Eight chocolates, universally known as “thin mints”. Combine 2300 ml of chilled lavender mint tea and yes, you guessed it, 500 ml of Monkey 47 gin, 75 ml of white crème de...

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Opus Magnum | 14 May. 2013

A Whole Different Animal?

Monkey 47 - Schwarzwald Sloe Gin!

Au Contraire! More Bollenhut than Bowler and Turban, this masterfully handcrafted and unfiltered sloe gin is unique in its complexity while accentuating great British traditions and the nativeness of the Black Forest. Distilled in small batches from 47 predominantly unusual but regional...

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Prescriptions | 08 May. 2013

The Monkey Gland

Just A Peculiar Drink?

© Jochen Hirschfeld

The Monkey Gland is not the typical drink name and it's origin is, well, interesting. First of all there are two possible authors of the Monkey Gland cocktail. The first is Frank Meier – legendary bartender at the Ritz, Paris, from 1921 to 1947 and there’s Harry MacElhone’s claim....

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Monkey Business | 01 May. 2013

The Greatest Gin I Have Ever Tasted!

Thank You Mr. Parker

If our word wasn’t good enough for you, how about the word of the world’s most pre-eminent wine critic Robert Parker who recently stated on Twitter: “a friend brought me back a bottle of Monkey 47 GIN, made from 47 botanicals in Germany's Black Forest - the...

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Opus Magnum | 29 Apr. 2013

The Ancient Alchemistic Art Of Distillation!

Picture a photo of a Black Forest meadow. Now imagine you're really there: the soft grass under your feet, the faint twitter of birds overhead, and the trees gently swaying in the warm, fragrant summer breeze. That’s the difference between the notion of conventional gin and the vibrant reality...

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Ency. Botanica | 26 Apr. 2013

Spruce Shoots

Picea Abies

Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is a species of spruce native to Europe. It is also commonly referred to as the European Spruce. It is a large, fast-growing evergreen coniferous tree growing to 35-55 m (115–180 ft) tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-1.5 m. The shoots are orange-brown and...

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Ency. Botanica | 19 Apr. 2013


Juniperus Communis

The mountain ranges of the Central and Southern Black Forest, as well as the neighboring Swabian Mountains, are still home to numerous heathlands dotted with age-old juniper trees. Which is why juniper berries have always been used to give aroma to the famous Black Forest ham. Before being...

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Natural Habitat | 17 Apr. 2013

You Can Ring My Bell

Bar Reichenbach, Munich

A doorbell bar? A venue only for hipsters and the jeunesse dorée? Well not really – the doorbell is of didactive purpose, giving the landlord the opportunity to explain the do´s and dont´s of drinking culture and a subscription being the only one of its kind in the world.


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Monkey Business | 23 Jan. 2013

The Monkey Howls Alongside The Big Shots

A Drinks International Survey Confirms

the world’s best bartenders count the German gin, Monkey 47, among the four brands of gin most frequently requested by customers. Who distills the gins that are currently most in demand? The Drinks International editorial team of international influence sought...

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