Slippery Monkey Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 Slippery Monkey is a fun, fruity cocktail with a cheeky name. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy sweet, tropical flavors. The cocktail is believed to have originated in the Caribbean, where it was enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Its playful name and delicious taste quickly made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

  • Who would like it? If you're a fan of sweet, fruity cocktails, the Slippery Monkey is definitely for you. Its tropical flavors make it a great choice for summer parties or beach vacations.

How Slippery Monkey Tastes?

The Slippery Monkey is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a strong tropical vibe. It has a rich, creamy texture, thanks to the banana liqueur and cream. The rum adds a nice kick, balancing out the sweetness of the other ingredients. Overall, it's a smooth, refreshing drink with a delightful banana flavor.

Interesting facts about Slippery Monkey

  • The Slippery Monkey is often served in a highball glass, but it can also be served in a hurricane glass for a more tropical presentation.
  • Despite its sweet, fruity flavor, the Slippery Monkey is a fairly strong cocktail due to the rum.
  • The name 'Slippery Monkey' is believed to be a playful reference to the cocktail's banana flavor and creamy texture.


Banana Liqueur

Why 1 oz? It's the sweet spot. Too much and you'll feel like you're on a banana boat ride, too little and it's, well, just boozy cream. The banana liqueur adds a tropical sweetness that makes your taste buds do a little hula dance. Skip it and the monkey loses its slip. Want a twist? Sub in coconut liqueur and suddenly you're whisked away to an island where the bananas wear coconut bras.

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Light Rum

Why 1 oz? It's all about balance. Like yin and yang for your glass! Rum brings the party with its subtle sugarcane spirit. Without it, you're basically sipping on spiked banana milk. Switcheroo? Try spiced rum for some added warmth; it's like giving your monkey a little scarf.

Alex Green


Why 1 oz? Because this is a cocktail, not a milkshake drive-thru. The cream is the silk curtain that smooths everything out, gives it body, and makes it downright luxurious. Leave it out and you're at a party with no music. Need a lactose-free alternative? Coconut cream can do the trick, and guess what? Now your monkey's lactose-free and loving it!

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Slippery Monkey Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1 oz of banana liqueur, 1 oz of light rum, and 1 oz of cream.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of banana and enjoy!

Pro Tips

Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully blend the flavors.

  • For a creamier texture, you can blend the ingredients with a handful of ice.
  • Always use fresh cream for the best taste.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Fruit Platters: A dish of assorted fruits would complement the sweet banana notes in the cocktail.
  • Nuts & Cheese: Creamy cheeses and savory nuts could balance the sweet and creamy flavors of the Slippery Monkey.
  • Dark Chocolate: Pieces of dark chocolate would go well with the rich banana and cream flavors, creating a dessert-like pairing.


  • Banana Desserts: Banana-flavored desserts, such as banana bread or banana cream pie, would naturally pair beautifully with the cocktail.
  • Tropical Sorbets: Light and refreshing tropical sorbets, like mango or passionfruit, could cleanse the palate and complement the drink's tropical vibes.

Main Courses

  • Light Tropical Dishes: Think coconut shrimp or grilled fish with mango salsa. The lightness of these dishes would not overpower the delicate flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Slippery Monkey

If you don't have banana liqueur, you can use banana syrup or a banana-flavored rum.

  • For a dairy-free version, you can replace the cream with coconut milk.

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Slippery Monkey Spiced Up

  • Substitute light rum with spiced rum.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

It adds a warm spice, perfect for cooler evenings. The cinnamon complements the banana's sweetness, transporting your monkey to autumnal spice heaven.

Coconut Monkey Business

  • Replace banana liqueur with coconut liqueur.
  • Use coconut cream instead of dairy cream.
  • Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

This twist turns the cocktail into an island vibe sip. The coconut brings in a more tropical, nutty flavor and pairs well with light rum.

Mocha Monkey

  • Add 0.5 oz of coffee liqueur.
  • Replace cream with half-and-half to lighten it up a bit.
  • Dust with cocoa powder for garnish.

The coffee liqueur brings in depth and a slight bitterness that highlights the sweet and creamy notes, making it a great after-dinner treat.

In case you forgot basics how to make Slippery 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 Slippery Monkey

Can I substitute the light rum with another type of rum

Yes, you can. Each type of rum has a slightly different flavor profile, so it will affect the final taste of the cocktail, but generally, any rum should work fine in a Slippery Monkey.

What's the best type of glass to serve the Slippery Monkey in, besides a highball or hurricane glass?

Other suitable alternatives could include a cocktail or rocks glass, or even a chilled martini glass if you prefer to serve the drink without ice. It's all about personal preference.

Is there a mocktail version of the Slippery Monkey?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you could use a banana syrup or juice in place of the banana liqueur, and a non-alcoholic rum substitute or additional cream for the rum. Remember, the taste may not be exactly identical to the alcohol-based version.

What type of cream should I use for the Slippery Monkey?

Heavy cream is typically used in cocktails like the Slippery Monkey. It has more fat content and offers a richer texture and more satisfying mouthfeel.

Can the Slippery Monkey be blended into a frozen drink?

Definitely, blending the Slippery Monkey with ice will result in a creamier, slushie-like texture which can be a great way to enjoy it on a hot summer day.

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