A Caribbean sensation, the Drunken Monkey Cocktail, is a relaxing beverage anytime of year.
The Drunken Monkey Cocktail was discovered on our Caribbean cruise last fall. Lt. Dan and I took our first child-less vacation in several years and were living large on the ship all week long.
On one of our port days, we got off the ship early in the morning and took a long stroll down the coast of Saint Kitts to stretch our legs.
It was a hot day and as we walked the air seemed to get steamier by the minute. We finally decided to turn around and head back to the ship.
When we arrived back at the port a couple hours later we were drenched with sweat and fairly dehydrated. We noticed a gazebo-style bar in the center of the port and bellied-up to the counter at 10:20 am.
After a bottle of water and a “Ting” Caribbean soda, we noticed everyone about the bar seemed to have a huge smile on their face and the exact same drink in hand.
We asked the bartender what everyone was drinking. “The Drunken Monkey Cocktail” she replied with a smirk.
Dan looked down at his watch… 10:37 am, Caribbean time.
We sheepishly reconciled that it was about noon, non-vacation time, and ordered our first round of Drunken Monkey cocktails.
Needless to say, less than half an hour later, I was falling off my barstool and Dan found himself behind the bar with the bartender, red-faced, snickering, and learning to make these potent tiki drinks.
The Drunken Monkey Cocktail we drank in Saint Kitts was double the size of the beverages you see in the images. They are powerful and go down so easy, you can get yourself in trouble… Like we did.
With only two Drunken Monkeys we were out of commission the rest of the day. That seems to be the way with beverages in the Caribbean.
We’ve made these Drunken Monkey Cocktails several times since we’ve been home. Each time we laugh at our hazy Caribbean memory of that hot sticky day and the cocktail that kicked our butts.
Even so, I think you are going to love the Drunken Monkey. Shake up a batch with friends when you plan to stay in for the evening, and enjoy making your own hazy memories!
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Drunken Monkey Cocktail
Yield: 2 small or 1 large
Prep Time:3 minutes
Drunken Monkey Cocktail – a vibrant fruity tiki drink just like we experienced in the Caribbean.
- 6 ounces orange-pineapple juice blend
- 3 ounces coconut rum
- 1 ounce spiced rum
- 4-5 dashes bitters
- Fresh ground nutmeg
- Maraschino cherries in juices
- Lime slices
- Fresh pineapple wedges
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the juice, coconut rum, spiced rum, and 4-5 shakes of bitters. Shake for 30 seconds.
Pour into 2 iced tumblers or one tall glass. Then pour in 1-2 teaspoons of cherry juice and let it settle at the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime slice, pineapple wedge, and a cherry.
Zest fresh nutmeg over the top and serve!
Yield: 2 small or 1 large, Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 533 Calories
- Sodium: 83mg
- Carbohydrates: 96.5g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sugar: 89.1g
- Protein: 0.2g
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