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Prescriptions | 07 Mar. 2016

Bronx Cocktail

The Monkey in New York

Bronx Cocktail

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 is that Johnnie Salon created the cocktail in the bar of the Waldorf Astoria. He is thought to have come up with the idea for this refreshing drink in response to a customer’s request to be surprised with something “new”. And so a genuine classic was born: uncomplicated, clear and fruity, with that distinctive flavour. Shake 6 cl Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 1.5 cl dry vermouth, 1.5 cl sweet vermouth and 3 cl orange juice on ice. Served in a coupette, the Bronx Cocktail is one of those aperitifs that is pretty much guaranteed to get your evening off to a great start.
Cheers!

Prescriptions | 01 Aug. 2016

Sloe Gin Fizz

Hand-Picked Sloe Berries from the Black Forest Served in a Glass

Sloe Gin Fizz
© Jochen Hirschfeld

The difference between a Tom Collins and a Gin Fizz can be summed up using the following simple rule: one is stirred, while the other is shaken. To put it even more simply: The Gin Fizz is a sour topped up with just a splash of soda water, while a lot more soda water is added to the Tom Collins...

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Prescriptions | 11 Jul. 2016

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail

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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Prescriptions | 20 Jun. 2016

Ramos Gin Fizz

A jazzy New Orleans treat

Ramos Gin Fizz
© 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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Prescriptions | 23 May. 2016

Casino Cocktail

A true classic

Casino Cocktail
© 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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Prescriptions | 11 Apr. 2016

Bijou Cocktail

The Monkey and his Jewel

Bijou Cocktail
© 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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Prescriptions | 15 Feb. 2016

Sloe Gin Negroni

Sloe Camillo and His Monkey

Sloe Gin Negroni
© 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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Prescriptions | 04 Jan. 2016

Hanky Panky

Abracadabra and the Little Monkey

Hanky Panky
© 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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Prescriptions | 07 Dec. 2015

Martini

Stirred, not shaken

Martini
© 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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Prescriptions | 09 Nov. 2015

White Lady

Mystical Nights

White Lady
© 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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Prescriptions | 12 Oct. 2015

Red Lion

In the Animal Kingdom

Red Lion
© 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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