Monin brings back classic lime liqueur to the UK

Monin Original

A delicate lime liqueur from French drinks producer Monin has been relaunched in the UK after a hiatus.

Created in 1912, Monin Original is made in Bourges in France using a unique lime peel distillation process plus complex spices and tropical plants. It went on to become a classic French speciality spirit.

With its distinctive light-yellow hue with a glint of gold, the liqueur can be enjoyed on the rocks or in long and short drinks and cocktails such as a classic Gimlet.

After being phased out in the UK, it has been relaunched by the company – best known for its syrups for cocktails and coffee – after a subtle rebranding that emphasises its heritage and authenticity as well as the high-quality ingredients and premium gourmet flavours.

Lee Hyde, beverage innovation manager for Monin UK, said: “There’s nothing like Monin Original. Its subtle lime base allows you to create so many signature cocktails.

“One of my favourites is to shake it up with Monin Lemon Pie Syrup, fresh lime juice, some fresh cream and vodka. This makes an impressive Lemon Pie Martini.”

According to Monin’s tasting notes, it is a lime-type cordial liqueur with a hint of juniper, spices and an almost aniseed back note. It has a clean, zesty lime taste on the palate with balancing citrus sourness.

Olivier Monin, whose grandfather founded the business, said: “My grandfather Georges Monin loved hosting his family for dinner. He was inspired by flavour from the very beginning and at family gatherings he would experiment with different flavour combinations.

“This drink was one of the first he brought to market, and the lime citron vert has remained a French speciality ever since.

“While the range has grown to offer hundreds of products for multiple applications, Monin Original remains in its original bottle cut and, like the rest of the range, the label virtually untouched. We wanted to share this wonderful drink with the UK – to enjoy a little taste of our heritage.”

Offering bars a range of ideas for using the liqueur, Olivier added: “The Gimlet is by far my favourite drink – an easy cocktail to make at home and perfect for summer. With its effortless mix of gin and lime, it comes steeped in a background of rich naval history. In fact, the Gimlet was drunk by British officers back in the 19th century.”

Original Gimlet
15ml Monin Original Liqueur
60ml Gin
Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir and strain in a chilled martini glass.

Capital Fizz
20ml Monin Pineapple Puree
30ml Monin Original Liqueur
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Top with prosecco
Combine all ingredients into a highball glass with ice and top with prosecco. Stir and garnish with pineapple leaves.

20th Century Twist
20ml Monin Original Liqueur
10ml Monin Orgeat Syrup
40ml Gin
20ml Lime juice
20ml Crème de cacao
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Lime and Sherry Cobbler
10ml Monin Falernum syrup
20ml Monin Original Liqueur
40ml Amontillado sherry
20ml Cranberry juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 large orange slice
Muddle the orange slice in a julep cup, and add in all the other ingredients. Top with crushed ice and mix through thoroughly. Garnish with mint sprigs and fresh fruit.

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