Gin Monkey 47
The original Monkey 47 gin recipe is attributed to UK Royal Air Force Commander Montgomery "Monty" Colins. In the aftermath of World War II, he was appointed to Berlin, where he devoted himself to rebuilding the city's zoo, where he became the godfather of an egret monkey named Max.
During this period, he moved to a guest house called "Wild Monkey" in the Black Forest region of Germany, and decided to create his own gin made from juniper, spring water and a wide variety of special and local herbs in the purest British tradition. He then named it "Max the Monkey - Schwarzwald Dry Gin".
In 2008, Alexander Stein wanted to recreate this gin from the original recipe with the Black Forest distillery. To honour Commander Montgomery Collins, his monkey Max and the 47 botanicals used in the recipe, Alexander Stein named it Monkey 47.