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Sloe Gin Soda

The Monkey is a big fan of the classics. To put a fresh twist on one of the greats – the gin soda – why not forgo our original recipe in favour of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin? The delicate hint of almonds often associated with the stone of the sloe berry is considered a real treat amongst seasoned gin aficionados (any many others besides). The fruit also comes with a tasty tidbit for ...

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 ...

Ramos Gin Fizz

A jazzy New Orleans treat

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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 needed an assistant, whose only job was to vigorously shake the drink – incidentally, one of the most important factors in the cock...

Bronx Cocktail

The Monkey in New York

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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 ...


Stirred, not shaken

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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 Stirred". Although the history of the Martini dates back to the 19th century, it wasn't until 1880 that vermouth was added to ...


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 1980s. The Bramble, a mixture of gin, lemon juice, creme de mure, a blackberry liqueur, and ...

Sloe Gin Fizz

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

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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 to create a longer drink. And for that special twist, ...

Casino Cocktail

A true classic

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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 dash of orange bitters in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a lowball glass. And ...

Sloe Gin Negroni

Sloe Camillo and His Monkey

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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 Gin, which is distilled in small batches from 47 rare and regional botanicals and macerated with hand-picked sloes. A genuine Monkey 47 – but ju...

White Lady

Mystical Nights

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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 experimenting, MacElhone presented his creation originally with crème de menthe and called it after the mythical White Lady. As o...

Black Forest Punsch

Winter Drinks at the Wild Monkey Inn

Second Sunday in the Advent season at the Wild Monkey Inn. Enjoy a Black Forest Punsch with us. Ingredients 4 cl Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin 4 cl cloudy Apple Juice 2 cl Cinnamon Syrup 8 cl Rosehip Tea 4 cl Pear Juice 2 cl Redwine 0,5 cl Portwine Preperation Mix all ingredients in a pot and heat it up. Garnish with almonds, oranges, cinnamon and dried apples.

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail

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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 Cointreau 2 cl Cocchi Americano 2 cl lemon juice 1 dash absinthe Combine all ingredients in a shaker o...

Bijou Cocktail

The Monkey and his Jewel

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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 delicacy is one of the oldest cocktails. To make, combine 2 cl Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 2 cl green Chartreuse, 2 ...

Hanky Panky

Abracadabra and the Little Monkey

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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 one and only Ada Coleman who, legend has it, fixed this drink for the actor and ...

Red Lion

In the Animal Kingdom

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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 roaring, and it still ranks among the classic cocktails today. As early as in 1937, it featured in the "C...

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