Anis del Mono is a distilled anise-flavoured liqueur. Anis or anisette drinks are consumed in most Mediterranean countries, mainly in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Palestine and France. It is colorless, and because it contains sugar, is sweeter than dry anise-flavoured spirits (e.g. absinthe).
In Spain, Anis del Mono is clearly the most popular brand. Full of history, the factory was founded in Badalona, Spain in 1870. Anis del Mono means Monkey´s Anis, and the origin of the name is that Vicente Bosch, the brand creator, received a monkey as a gift from America, after which he named the brand. As iconic as the name is the bottle design, that has been imitated by many anis brands in Spain. The old-fashioned diamond-cut bottle was inspired by a perfume bottle that Bosch found in the Place Vendôme in Paris gave as a gift to his wife. Probably, the designer never expected that this design will help to use the bottle as a musical instrument.