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Batch CCLXVIII. Schwarzwald, Tuesday September 26, 2017 NO. 47
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Zest Like the Best

Monkey 47 Die Zestenwerkzeuge


Attention all bartenders, connoisseurs and Monkey tamers – the motto in the Black Forest is “zest like the best.” In collaboration with Moritz Wenz Studio and the venerable knife manufacturer, Otter Messer – the former is responsible for the elegant design, while the latter gave the blades their final polish – we have developed two Monkey 47 zesters. One features fixed blades, while the other offers interchangeable blades. Produced in Germany according to the methods of traditional craftsmanship (small batch production), these tools offer Monkey lovers just what they need to give a perfect gin & tonic that final twist – and with style! In keeping with the motto “tools can also be beautiful,” we have used the highest quality materials – Spanish juniper (Juniperus thurifera), brushed, V2 stainless steel and brass, in a case made of the finest vegetable-tanned leather.


If you are reading this and wondering about the trick to zesting – especially for citrus fruits, the zester makes it possible to peel off thin strips of the outermost colorful layer (exocarp) without cutting into the bitter white pith (mesocarp). Therefore using the tool is a matter of taste and supports the truly distinctive flavor of our Monkey Gin. And because taste and appearance go hand in hand, with time (and diligent use) the brass elements of our zester will develop an attractive and charming patina. In terms of properly caring for our tools, we ask that you always wash our zesting tools by hand. Do not put them in the dishwasher and do not use harsh detergents. The wood should also be oiled from time to time. As we wrap things up, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Moritz Wenz Studio ( and Otter Messer ( and conclude with a merry cheers!

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