Banana Monkey Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Banana Monkey cocktail is a tropical delight that originated in the Caribbean. It's a favorite among beach-goers and those who enjoy fruity, refreshing cocktails. The Banana Monkey is perfect for those who love the combination of banana and chocolate, as it features both in a deliciously creamy blend.

  • Who would like it?

    • If you're a fan of tropical flavors and smooth, creamy cocktails, the Banana Monkey is for you. It's also a hit at parties, especially summer gatherings.

How Banana Monkey Tastes?

The Banana Monkey cocktail is a creamy, smooth, and refreshing drink. It has a sweet, tropical taste with a hint of chocolate. The banana liqueur gives it a fruity flavor, while the cream and chocolate syrup add a rich, velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Banana Monkey

  • The Banana Monkey cocktail is named after the playful and energetic monkeys found in the Caribbean.
  • It's a popular choice for beach parties and summer gatherings.
  • The Banana Monkey is often served in a tall glass with a garnish of fresh banana slices and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.


Banana Liqueur

1.5 oz of Banana Liqueur adds a sweet tropical flavor to the cocktail that is crucial for the 'Banana' in Banana Monkey. If you skimp on the liqueur, the banana flavor might not shine through, and using too much could overpower the other ingredients. As an alternative, you can try using a banana-flavored rum for a boozier kick.

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1 oz of cream brings luscious richness and balances out the sweetness of the liqueur. Leaving out the cream would result in a less silky texture. If cream isn't your thing, coconut milk could add a tropical twist and make the drink vegan-friendly!

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Chocolate Syrup

This 0.5 oz of chocolate syrup infuses the cocktail with a deep, velvety chocolate layer. Not enough may make the drink less indulgent, while too much could make it overly sweet and muddy. If chocolate isn't your cup of tea, caramel syrup could be a delightful substitute for a different kind of sweetness.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is essential for chilling the cocktail and adding a bit of dilution for that perfect sip. No ice means a warm and potentially too strong drink, which is not cool! If you're out of ice, chilling the glass and ingredients beforehand can be a workaround.

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Fresh Banana Slices

Not just for show, these slices are for garnish but also add a hint of fresh banana aroma with every sip. If you decide to skip on the garnish, you miss that special touch. Dried banana chips could offer a fun and crunchy alternative.

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Recipe. How to make Banana Monkey Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the banana liqueur, cream, and chocolate syrup.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with fresh banana slices and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • For a colder drink, chill your glass before pouring the cocktail into it.
  • For an extra touch, you can rim the glass with sugar or cocoa powder.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate desserts: The sweet and creamy profile of the Banana Monkey pairs beautifully with chocolate cakes or brownies, creating a decadent experience.
  • Fruit salads: A light and refreshing fruit salad with tropical flavors can complement the fruity notes of the cocktail.
  • Coffee: Enjoying this cocktail alongside a cup of coffee can accentuate the rich chocolate and banana flavors, especially if the coffee has a hint of sweetness.
  • Cheese plates: A selection of mild creamy cheeses such as brie or camembert can work well with the Banana Monkey's sweet profile.


  • Nuts: Salty and roasted nuts can contrast nicely with the sweetness of the cocktail, particularly almonds or cashews.
  • Dark chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate can balance the sweetness and add a layer of complexity.

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What you could change in Banana Monkey

  • You can substitute the banana liqueur with banana rum or banana flavored vodka.
  • If you don't have cream, you can use half-and-half or milk.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, you can omit the banana liqueur and use banana juice or banana puree instead.

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Mocha Monkey

  • Replace chocolate syrup with coffee-flavored liqueur.
  • Add a small shot of espresso. This version elevates the Banana Monkey with a jolt of coffee, adding complexity and a kick that's perfect for coffee lovers.

Nutty Monkey

  • Substitute 0.5 oz of the banana liqueur for hazelnut liqueur.
  • Garnish with crushed hazelnuts. Introducing a nutty profile to the original, this twist brings warm nut flavors that pair perfectly with chocolate and banana.

Tropical Monkey

  • Use coconut cream instead of dairy cream.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge. This island-inspired version gives the original a run for its coconut palms, adding tropical zest and island vibes to your cocktail hour.

In case you forgot basics how to make Banana Monkey

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Banana Monkey

Are there any variations of the Banana Monkey cocktail?

Yes, variations of the Banana Monkey cocktail can include other tropical fruits such as pineapple or coconut. Some even include a splash of rum for added flavor.

Is Banana Monkey a strong cocktail?

The Banana Monkey cocktail has a 10% alcohol content and is considered a moderate strength cocktail. Always drink responsibly.

Could I use dark chocolate syrup instead of regular chocolate syrup?

Absolutely! Dark chocolate syrup can be a great alternative to regular chocolate syrup and can add a richer flavour to the cocktail.

What can I pair with Banana Monkey Cocktail?

The Banana Monkey cocktail pairs well with tropical and light dishes such as seafood, salads, and tropical fruit platters.

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