Monkey Business Cocktail

Monkey Business.

Consider yourself a Piña Colada connoisseur? Meet Monkey Business, an indulgent boozy treat packed with the refreshing, tropical flavors of summer and perfect for a poolside party. Based on the classic Virgin Islands cocktail, the Painkiller, this variation adds banana liqueur, orange bitters and orange liqueur for an extra burst of fruitiness.

Make a large batch and soak up the sun.

Giffard Banana Du Bresil is one of the best banana liqueurs on the market. It's versatile and delicious, like bananas Foster. This recipe calls for coconut cream, not coconut milk; look for coconut cream at most international markets and many grocery stores. Coco Lopez is my favorite brand of coconut cream to mix into cocktails.

Monkey Business

Serves | 1 |

  • 1 oz rum
  • ¾ oz banana liqueur
  • ½ oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • ¼ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • freshly grated nutmeg (to serve)

| Preparation | In a shaker tin, add all ingredients except nutmeg, plus 12 ounces of cubed, cracked or pebbled ice. Shake vigorously until cocktail is frothy and ice cold. Pour all ingredients into a glass or Tiki mug and grate nutmeg over top. Serve.

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Rogan Howitt is beverage director of Good Spirits Co. in Springfield, Missouri.

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