Cocktail recipe with Paragon Cordial: Monin x Alex Kratena

An exceptional alliance between Monin and the expert mixologist Alex Kratena, creates a range of cordials born from an adventure. Find out more here.

Paragon is a unique range of cordial liqueurs created by Monin in collaboration with Alex Kratena. These liqueurs are the result of an experimental journey in the search for little known endemic botanical species from the four corners of the world. MONIN now offers these exceptional flavors to cocktail experts.

The project team has traveled to all continents to meet the communities, their culture and their ancestral customs in order to unearth these rare ingredients.

Three varieties make up this first collection dedicated to peppers and berries, presented in a 48.5 cl bottle: the white pepper from Cameroon, the Rue Bay from Ethiopia and the Timur Bay from Nepal.

We bring you a cocktail recipe by Alex Kratena, prepared based on these exclusive liqueurs.


PENJA Nº7 – By Alex Kratena

Penja No. 7 is a cocktail prepared with white Penja pepper, harvested in the province of Moungo, in Cameroon. The volcanic soil of Penja gives the white pepper its fresh aromas of menthol and camphor. Break it up sharply to release its long-lasting flavor.

Cocktail recipe with Paragon Cordial: Monin x Alex Kratena


15 ml Paragon White Penja Pepper

35 ml of Highlands whisky

15 ml of Norwegian Aquavit aged in barrels

15 ml of Oloroso sherry

10 ml red vermouth

Type of glass: rocks

Method: remove

Garnish: omit

Ice: a 5x5cm cube

Preparation: add the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir with a spoon to cool and dilute. Serve in a rock glass over a large ice cube.



Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.

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