Finding a high-quality banana liqueur is no easy feat – so when we finally got our mitts on a bottle of Giffard’s Banane du Brésil, we were over the moon. We tested tons of cocktails as an excuse to get more of that rich, sweet, banana-bread flavor. The Monkey Man is our favorite of the bunch by far, with its lovely vanilla-cinnamon-oak flavors.
The Monkey Man was created in response to a challenge from Imbibe magazine. Jim Kearns at The Happiest Hour bar in New York was tasked with inventing a drink based on Monkey Man by Toots and the Maytals, one of his favorite reggae songs. He chose a Tennessee whiskey, George Dickel #12, for its banana-tinged undertones, but it’s still quite good with a more oak-and-vanilla bourbon like Maker’s Mark.
- 1½ parts Bourbon
- ½ part Aged rum or Pineapple rum
- ½ part Banana liqueur
- 1 part Pineapple juice
- ½ part Lime juice
- ½ part Cinnamon syrup
- ¼ part Vanilla syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with a banana chip, wedge of pineapple, or lime wheel.
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- Monkey Man from Imbibe magazine