When the Carnival staple, Ojen, disappeared, the revelers of the Crescent City first panicked. When the panic had subsided, we gathered our collective composure and found a replacement, Luxardo Sambuca. Shortly thereafter a better alternative was found, and the city quickly accepted another Spanish Anise Liqueur: Vincente Bosch's Anise Del Mono.
Anise Del Mono, the Anisette of the Monkey, was a gift to New Orleanians. It was as close to Ojen as one could reasonably hope, and it was even a tab bit cheaper than Ojen was in its last days. The one caveat was that there was only a single perveyor: Elio's Wine Warehouse.
Alas, when I was visiting elio's today, they regretfully informed me that they were no longer able to acquire Anise Del Mono. It seems that the monkey was no longer pdealing his sweet anisette here in the Crescent City.
The employees at Elios recommended another Liqueur from Espana, Chinchon, but regretfully, I must admit that I found it a bit too sour to make for a good Fauxjen Cocktail. I suppose we'll have to go back to the Luxardo Sambuca until someone either finds a better replacement or gets the monkey back here... Or if Martin Wine Cellar can get someone to produce the original Ojenrecipe. Fingers Crossed.