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Brass Monkey Drink

It’s impossible to think of this drink and not think of the classic song by The Beastie Boys at the same time. The Brass Monkey is a great cocktail and nothing beats a cocktail with it’s own soundtrack!

Close up of a Brass Monkey Cocktail in a mardis gras style glass garnished with an orange
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It’s impossible to think of this drink and not think of the classic song by The Beastie Boys at the same time. The Brass Monkey drink is a great cocktail, and nothing beats a cocktail with its own soundtrack!

Close up of a Brass Monkey Cocktail in a mardis gras style glass garnished with an orange

What is a Brass Monkey drink?

The Brass Monkey is a cocktail made from dark rum, orange juice, and vodka (PS: if you like rum drinks, you’ll probably love the Cuba Libre too!). While some people incorrectly think the drink was inspired by the song, it’s actually the other way around. There are two types of Brass Monkeys – a cocktail style depicted here which this recipe is intended to make, and a premix made by Heublein Spirits in the 1970s.

According to members of the band, the song Brass Monkey by the aforementioned Beastie Boys is actually a shout-out to the premix.

Vertical photo of a Brass Monkey Cocktail in a Mardis Gras style tumbler garnished with an orange. Whole orange in the background.

How do you make a Brass Monkey drink?

To make this drink, you’ll need a bottle of Dark Rum, some orange juice (freshly squeezed is always better for drinks, but any kind will work), and a bottle of Vodka. For equipment, just a bar spoon and a glass of ice will do fine.

Ingredients:

As stated in the recipe card below, combine equal amounts of the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice and serve!

Want another cool drink to try? Give my Sloe Gin Fizz Recipe a go.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the drink!
Mike

Brass Monkey Drink

It’s impossible to think of this drink and not think of the classic song by The Beastie Boys at the same time. The Brass Monkey is a great cocktail and nothing beats a cocktail with it’s own soundtrack!
5 from 11 votes
Close up of a Brass Monkey Cocktail in a mardis gras style glass garnished with an orange
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Course
Cocktail
Cuisine
Cocktail
Servings
1
Calories
150
Equipment
Bar spoon
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 slice orange

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients in a glass with ice.
  • Stir with a bar spoon.
  • Garnish with orange slice.
  • Serve!

Recipe Notes

You can increase the amount of orange juice if you want a weaker drink.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 57mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 57IU, Vitamin C: 22mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. James H says

    Great recipe! Like a screwdriver with some added depth of flavor from the dark rum. Very strong, but that’s kind of the point with this one. Easy to make a large quantity ahead of time for parties.5 stars

  2. Robert Colianni says

    This is a poorly designed drink for college kids.

    • Mike Johnston says

      This is a poorly written comment for the sake of complaining.5 stars

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