Spirit Spotlight: Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Welcome to the Spirit Spotlight where today we introduce a new gin to our shelves!

This month’s spirit is Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin:

  • ABV- 47%
  • Nose- Citrus (leaning towards lime), perfume, ginger and grassy
  • Palate- Floral, light tea, pepper, licorice, herbaceous
  • Finish- Warm with a nice lingering finish of spice

How to order it:

  • Recommendation: Due to its difficult process of execution this gin is a bit higher in price then most mixable gins on the market. We recommend it ordered neat or on the rocks to pick up on the unique botanical mix of this elegant gin.
  • As a Mixer: A classic G&T done right can be the perfect complement to gin, especially during these hot summer nights. It is almost as important to be selective with your tonic as your gin; many bad impressions of gin are due to it being mixed with a swill of an un-calibrated soda gun. We use bottled Fever Tree Tonic.  As for the garnish we chose to go with Fresh Juniper, Lime and an Orchid to really bring out the tasting notes.
  • As a cocktail:Look towards the gin heavy Aviation. The floral notes of the Crème De Violette along with the semi-sweet from the Luxardo and acidity of the fresh lemon juice would complement and amplify the notes in the dry gin.

How to pair it: We suggest the Charcuterie and Cheese plate with a focus on the Triple Cream Delice lightly drizzled with the local honey. Nibble and let the cheese coat your mouth then take slight sips of Monkey 47 served neat for good measure. Feel free to share with a friend!

What you should know:

Born in the Black Forest of Germany, this gin is an exceptional showpiece of German craftsmanship. The 47 in the name is an ode to the plethora of botanicals that distil masters have imparted on this spirit (also as a tip of the hat to its bottled number: 47% ABV).

The Mediterranean juniper berries used during distillation are known for their distinct aromatics which are imparted from an average of five weeks more sun exposure than juniper from the German and Tuscan regions. This exposure is what gives them a reputation as being a key botanical. Some other botanicals used include angelica root, acacia flowers, bramble leaves, lingon berries and spruce shoots which are all locally sourced from the Black Forest.

This overzealous blend has paid off by bringing home the World Spirits Award Gold in the Gin category and Gold for best in class for the Gin Worldwide at the International Wine and Spirits Competition London.

To enjoy a funky twist on a classic mixer, try your G&T paired with fresh juniper berries and an orchid then garnished with a lime (never for squeezing only for smelling).

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Monkey 47
  • 3oz Fever Tree Tonic
  • Fresh Lime
  • 5 Juniper Berries
  • 1 Edible Orchid

Procedure:

  • Fill a collins glass* half way up with small or cracked ice
  • Pour Monkey 47 Dry Gin over the ice and stir to chill
  • Gently add the tonic so as not to lose the carbonation (I would pour down my bar spoon, but we will leave that to the experts)
  • Lightly stir only to mix then top off with ice
  • Garnish

When Garnishing with Juniper berries I always press one until it opens then rub it around the rim opposite from where the glass is intended to be sipped from

Drop in the juniper then add the lime wedge and the orchid to give your G&T an amazing boutique to compliment the flavor.

*Collins glass is a tall slender glass that better retains bubbles making it superior for mixed drinks with carbonation.