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Drunken Monkey Cocktail

The Drunken Monkey Cocktail | ASpicyPerspective.comA Caribbean sensation, the Drunken Monkey Cocktail, is a relaxing beverage anytime of year.

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There’s a backstory here… But I’m a little bit embarrassed to share it.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Drunken Monkey Cocktail - a vibrant fruity tiki drink just like we experienced in the Caribbean.
Servings: 2 small or 1 large


  • 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!


Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin C: 8.5mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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23 comments on “Drunken Monkey Cocktail”

  1. The best party drink! Makes you feel like you’re on vacation no matter where you are. Try it with mango nectar as well-Amazing!

  2. Hey Sommer,
    Please let LT Dan know that we appreciated his
    Investigation into the matter of the Drunken monkey . Please keep us posted on his latest updates . Very satisfying on a tropical hurricane day and night . Thanks for the recommendation LT Dan .

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  4. Spicy “Drunken Monkey Cocktail”. I love it.

  5. I really like your foods, this looking so pretty and testy…

  6. The story behind this drink is stunning. The flavors unquestionably help me to remember simple summer living!

  7. This look amazing love all of your wonderful drinks!

  8. This sounds amazing! Perfect for Summer!

  9. My mouth is watering just reading this and looking at the pics. Now that that the weather is getting hotter, this sounds like perfect comfort drink after a long day.

  10. I need a pitcher of these ;)

  11. Oh, yes…I remember the Drunken Monkey Cocktail…SO excited to make my own at home!!

  12. The story behind this drink is amazing. The flavors definitely remind me of easy summer living!

  13. Any specific bitter?  What is your favorite bitter?

    • Hi Allison! Classic orange bitters are great in this cocktail, but you could get fancy if you want with speciality bitters like ginger flavored or smoked bitters. 

  14. This looks amazing (and dangerous)!

  15. Such a cute and fun cocktail! I love all of your wonderful drinks!

  16. Is it 5 o’ clock yet?! Love this!

  17. Good for you for taking a child-less vacation!  I’ve only been able to do that once, and my kids are 11, 13, and 15.  This cocktail looks so delicious!  I can’t wait to try it!!