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Prescriptions | 23 Mar. 2015

Gin Classics #8

The Martinez

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. Leon Lee (Apothecary) and Warren Pang (d Lounge) are in fact Bejing’s undisputed cocktail kings, having created two of the most successful bars ever to grace Beijing city. Their new...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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...

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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

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

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?

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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