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Tales from the Black Forest - the Radio-controlled Clock

The Most Accurate and Tastiest Clock in the World

The brown pharmacy bottle with its monkey label not only provides a home for Monkey 47 but can also be used as an accurate timepiece. For gin and tonic with 4 deciliters of Monkey 47, the 0.5-liter bottle holds exactly 12.5 delicious long drinks. If we assume 30 minutes in which to delight in its pleasures, after six hours, there is only enough gin left in the bottle for a weak mixture. Of course, you st...

Boutiq'Bar

47 meets 33

© Boutiq'Bar

Zoltan Nagy, a member of the National Mixographic Society, is known not merely for his outstanding negronis, but also for the cocktail artistry he continues to put on display as manager of Budapest's legendary Boutiq’Bar. There, he has stayed true to his credo that a good bar should only offer excellent drinks. We couldn’t agree more. One of his own personal creations, dubbed simply “33”, really caught our interest: It's Mon...

The Other Room

Ring the Doorbell

If you are planning a sojourn in Singapore any time soon, we strongly recommend that you visit our good friend Dario Knox, a member of the National Mixographic Society. Just ring the doorbell on the solid, dark door in the Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel and slip into the legendary bar known as The Other Room. In its dark, mysterious atmosphere, which is reminiscent of the Prohibition era, guests are quickly ...

Mint - Mentha

Soothing to the stomach

Hailing from the Lamiaceae family, virtually all types of mint thrive in the humid climes of the northern hemisphere’s temperate regions. These aromatic, herbaceous perennials produce subterranean runners or rhizomes and typically feature simple or branched trichomes. Their leaves grow opposite to one another and are serrated around the edge. While botanists differentiate between numerous types of mint, those most commonly found in domestic herb gardens and include ...

Elderberry - Sambucus

The subtle scent of the elder

The elderflower, a member of the Adoxaceae family, is perhaps best known in the form of the black elderberry. While people in northern Germany call it the Fliederbeerenbusch (or just Flieder for short), parts of Bavaria and Austria refer to Sambucus as Holler – much closer to Holder, as the species is known in the Monkey’s Black Forest habitat. Ranging between one and 15 metres in height, these typically woody half-shrubs, shru...

Pegu Club Cocktail

A Monkey Among Gentlemen

The legendary Pegu Club in Burma, in which Montgomery Collins – the forefather of Monkey 47 – undoubtedly spent many an enjoyable hour, is shrouded in numerous myths and tales. This was a traditional gentlemen’s club with cast-iron rules: Only high-ranking British military officers and successful businessmen were allowed to enter. The locals, on the other hand, did not stand a chance. (Although, if the legend is true, Monty ...

Tales from the Black Forest - The Rose Village

Ideas Are Essential – Weilheim-Nöggenschwiel

The residents of a small, remote village on the plateau of the Hotzenwald forest had a clever idea for increasing the number of tourists that came to visit. In 1968, they brought the first 8,000 roses to Nöggenschwiel. It is now estimated that there are over 20,000 rose plants. The center of the village soon ran out of space, so the residents of Nöggenschwiel came up with a new ...

Tales from the Black Forest - The Balzer Crucifix

Jesus Lives in the Tree – Gütenbach

In the past few years, pilgrimages have become really popular again. Away from the long, established pilgrim routes and famous sites, a beech tree in Gütenbach Forest has developed into a place of reflection and inspiration. The tree holds a sandstone figure of Christ firmly within its bark. Only the head and part of the breast still protrude. The "Balzer Crucifix" would have disappeared into the tree a...

Door 74

Roaring Twenties meets Speakeasy

Door 74

For nearly nine years now, manager Timo Janse and his team at Door 74 – the Netherlands’ first speakeasy-style cocktail bar – have been conjuring up wondrous creations at the highest level of their chosen art. Hearkening back to the 1920s, their location's cosy, dimly lit ambience invites regulars to kick back and relax, especially with a Monkey Brumble in hand. Door 74 is the type of place where anything can happen after hours, as our...

From the Island to the Bottle - Sicily

Volcano of Lemons

In February 2015, we set out for Sicily – more specifically for the foot of Mount Etna, Europe’s most powerful volcano. Guided by our local expert, Calogero, we visited an old plantation in the Cavagrande region, whose groves of trees were already being weighed down by the lemons we hoped to lend a hand in harvesting. In the Sicilian community of Sant’Alfio, which lies on a plane of lava that cooled...

From the Field to the Bottle – Provence

Fields of Purple

©Jochen Hirschfeld

Along with our oft-cited botanical curiosity, it’s our practically obsessive quest for the highest quality that leads us out on annual botanical expeditions to our suppliers. In late July 2015, we embarked on a journey to the vast lavender fields of Provence, seeking to breathe in the intoxicating scent of the dried blossoms that lend Monkey 47 its incomparable floral aroma. This mission, which we dubbed “Botanical Expedition: Lavendula Angustifolia”, would whisk ...

Almond - Prunus dulcis

Health food, in a nutshell

As the term suggests, Prunus dulcis – more commonly known as the almond tree – belongs to the Prunus genus, which itself is part of the Rosaceae family. The tree’s edible seedling (or stone fruit) is the almond, which is scientifically proven to have a beneficial effect on the human body: Rich in vitamins B and E; minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc; and vegetable proteins and fibre, almonds are very h...

Forest in a Bottle – Portugal

Raiders of the Lost Bark

© Jochen Hirschfeld

This botanical expedition began in the spring of 2015 in the montados and ended near Porto, where Paulo and his brothers represent the third generation to run his family’s cork business. As you might have already guessed, they produce the corks that keep the Monkey in the bottle. The Ribatejo region is a former province of the Tejo plains northeast of Lisbon, which are also referred to as the “Garden of L...

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Tales from the Black Forest - Deep Down

The “Segen Gottes” Silver Mine

Hundreds of years ago, some areas of the Black Forest were full of holes like a Swiss cheese. Where families now go for pleasant walks or exhilarating bike rides, people toiled in mines for 800 years, bringing ores and rocks above ground in a surreal and dangerous world. The Black Forest was an important mining area. Now, this is only alluded to by place names or at show mines, in which ...

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