Four fitting cocktails to celebrate with this Chinese New Year, as we welcome the year of the monkey.
For those of you that are culturally aware, you'll know that Chinese New Year kicks off on the 8th of February, with festivities lasting for 15 days until the Chinese Lantern Festival. You'll also know that the New Year is dictated by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar used in the west, so the date for these celebrations changes from year to year.
But did you know each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, and 2016 is the year of the monkey? Oh you knew that too did you... well ,what you might not know is that 2016 is the year of the red fire monkey.
A Monkey Martini
Just as Winston Churchill famously liked his dry Martini served by pouring a glass of good gin while merely glancing at the vermouth bottle, a dry Martini is perfected by stirring 6 cl Monkey 47 Dry Gin and 1 cl Dry Vermouth on ice, straining into a chilled glass and simply garnishing with an olive.
The Monkey Manhattan:
A modern take on a Rob Roy, stir 50ml Monkey Shoulder Whisky, 25ml Sweet Vermouth and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters over ice. Strain into a chilled glass with fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.
A Monkey Negroni
Create according to the classic recipe: stir 3 cl Monkey 47 Dry Gin , 3 cl Campari and 3 cl of the Negroni's essential ingredient, Red Italian Vermouth in an old-fashioned glass with ice and garnish with an orange zest twist.
The Boulevardier No. 3
Happy New Year!