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Magic, Mystery and Monks Mary Jane

Green Monk Fizz.

Green Monk Fizz.

For over a decade, serial entrepreneurs and self-confessed adventurers Nic and Di Davis have shared a farm with fifth-generation Breede Valley wine farmers Coenie and Edelgard Lategan. Last year the friends turned their attention to the business of gin, and they haven’t looked back. 

Enrobed in the ethereal and infused with a potion of hemp, slangbos and renosterbos, MONKS Mary Jane it’s a taste of the decidedly divine. If that doesn’t strike you as unorthodox, the intriguing selection of ingredients in MONKS gins surely will. 

“Mary Jane is the first ever hemp-infused gin in South Africa”

MONKS is a dry gin, handcrafted and double-distilled in small batches using a hybrid artisanal still called ‘Jennifer’, named after Nic’s mother and of Nic’s own design. Expect intensely flavor-forward botanicals, nine of them hand-picked and many endemic to the area. Combine with crystal-clear mountain waters and the result is a rewarding one, featuring ripples of citrus, berries and Cape Buchu.

While MONKS makes no claims whatsoever as to the health benefits of their gins, the key ingredients in each make for interesting reading. Mysterium is infused with the herb Sceletium, a natural mood enhancer sometimes referred to as “the pathway to the gods”. Medella features blueberries, farmed by the Lategans and well known as a vitamin-rich superfood high in antioxidants; while Mary Jane is endowed with hemp, widely accepted as a miracle plant. 

Make MONKS the magic ingredient in your next cocktail and experience a taste of something gratifyingly glorious.


Green Monk Fizz

50 ml Monks Mary Jane
25 ml lemon juice
25 ml simple syrup
1 handful of basil
1 Fitch & Leedes soda

Add all ingredients to your shaker. Fill with ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Single strain into a glass of your choice. Top up with ice and soda. Garnish with basil or cucumber.


Monk-Berry Fizz

50 ml Monks Medella
25 ml Monks Medella syrup
1 handful of raspberries
1 Fitch & Leedes soda

Add your Monks Medella, raspberries and syrup to your glass (a crystal tumbler if you can). Muddle until raspberries become a pulp-like consistency and your liquid becomes rich with colour. Top up your glass with ice and soda. It might need a stir. Garnish with a couple of fresh raspberries.


Dark and Monky

50 ml Monks Medella
50 ml pomegranate juice
12.5 ml Monks Medella syrup
12.5 ml lemon juice

Add all ingredients to your shaker. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds. Serve in a glass of your choice and garnish with fynbos. For an added smoke effect add a single cube of dry ice once poured.


Signature Monks Mary Jane Syrup Cocktail

50 ml Monks Mary Jane
25 ml lemon juice
25 ml Mary Jane simple syrup

Fill your gin glass with ice. Pour your gin, lemon juice and syrup over the ice and top up with Barker & Quin Indian Tonic Water. Stir with a swizzle stick and garnish with a slice of grapefruit or beautiful botanical.


Monks Medella 

500 ml water
500 g brown sugar
500 g blueberries
50 g fresh Thyme

Add all of your ingredients to a pot. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Once simmered, take it off the stove and allow to sit until cool. Use the back of a wooden spoon (or masher if you have one) and mash the berries and thyme until you reach a pulp-like consistency. Strain mixture through a sieve and muslin cloth into a glass bottle of your choice. Can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.


Monkord

50 ml Monks Medella
25 ml black or red grape juice
25 ml Ruby grapefruit juice
25 ml steeped rooibos tea
25 ml Monks Medella syrup
1 egg white

Add all ingredients to your shaker. Dry shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 15 seconds. Double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with blackberries.


Monkarita

50 ml Monks Mysterium
50 ml lime juice
37.5 ml Mysterium syrup
1.5 cups of ice

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for 10-20 seconds depending on how you like the consistency. Serve in a margarita glass and garnish with a full slice of lime.

Monk-Berry Fizz.

Monk-Berry Fizz.

Dark and Monky.

Dark and Monky.

Signature Monks Mary Jane Syrup Cocktail.

Signature Monks Mary Jane Syrup Cocktail.

Monks Medella.

Monks Medella.

Monkord.

Monkord.

Monkarita.

Monkarita.

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