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How to Make a Dirty Monkey Drink

This Dirty Monkey drink recipe makes a deliciously creamy cocktail with tropically flavored ingredients. The Dirty Monkey is one of those favorite drinks at resort bar that everyone wants to try and for good reason!

The Dirty Monkey is made with rum, but people often substitute it with vodka. Either way, the banana, pineapple juice and Kahlua are the prevailing flavors and then it’s topped off with chocolate. Scrumptious!

Dirty Monkey Drink with pink umbrella on colorful place mat

The Dirty Monkey

Dirty Monkey Drink Recipe

A Dirty Monkey drink tastes just like you are on a tropical vacation! It’s a popular cocktail especially on both coasts of Mexico, from Mazatlan to Playa del Carmen.

I recently spent a relaxing week in Mazatlan, Mexico. The weather was perfect, delicious food abundant, and the drinks….. Well, I was prompted to share some wonderful places to enjoy a tropical cocktail, especially the Dirty Monkey, with you all.

I stayed at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay resort and it is a sister resort to the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan. The first night out for dinner, we rode the complimentary bus over to the other resort and had a fabulous al fresco dinner at their Cilantro’s restaurant. As we were led to the table, sunset was just about to happen, so I quickly ordered a couple of drinks and we saluted a fabulous dinner to come on the edge of beach.

Back at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, a bartender extraordinaire named Alejandro offered to share the secret of their most popular pool drink, the Dirty Monkey. Known in Spanish as Chango Sucio, this frozen delight is now one of my favorite drinks.

How to Make a Dirty Monkey

The Dirty Monkey recipe calls for 7 ingredients and a blender. You’ll need three liquors: aged rum (or vodka if you prefer), Kahlua and banana liqueur. 

The recipe only calls for a splash of the banana liquor, so don’t worry if you don’t have any in your liquor cabinet. Of course it adds a little more alcohol and banana flavor, but you could compensate by adding more fresh banana and an extra splash of rum or vodka.

Blend the three liquors with a half of a banana, pineapple juice and cream of coconut.

All the bottles of Dirty Monkey recipe ingredients and a banana.

Combine all ingredients in your blender (except chocolate syrup), add ice and blend until smooth. Garnish your glass with chocolate syrup and pour the mixture into the glass.

Dirty Monkey Mixture in Blender and Hurricane Glass lined with chocolate syrup.

Now it’s time to drink this deliciousness!

The Dirty Monkey

Here’s the recipe and you can scroll below for a printable version.

Dirty Monkey Drink Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1.5 ounce aged rum (Bacardi Anejo is a good choice)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua
  • A splash of banana liqueur
  • A splash of Cream of Coconut
  • Chocolate syrup for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (except the chocolate syrup).
  2. Add a cup of ice and blend until smooth.
  3. Drizzle the inside of a tall glass with chocolate syrup.
  4. Pour mixture into your tall glass.

YUM!!!!

You can find these luscious concoctions and Alejandro in Mazatlan, Mexico at the lobby bar of Emerald Bay which is called Kelly’s Bar.

Bartender showing off his Dirty Monkey Drink Recipe

Cool Dirty Monkey, 3rd drink from the left

This bar’s ambiance is reminiscent of a place Papa Hemingway would have loved. Dark, comfy chairs and sofas, wood paneled walls and wild game trophy heads abound.

There is live music several nights a week and Alejandro will pour you lovely libations, especially their specialty, the Dirty Monkey drink.

Dirty Monkey Drink with pink unmbrella on colorful placemat

How to Make a Dirty Monkey Drink

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Dirty Monkey cocktail is a creamy tropical drink.
You just need a blender and scrumptious ingredients to create this summer cocktail.
Mix pineapple juice, a fresh banana, Kahlua, banana liqueur along with Cream de Coco and a tasty aged dark rum to create this frozen cocktail.
Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a very ripe banana
  • 1.5 ounces Aged dark rum
  • 2 ounces Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua liqueur
  • Splash of banana liqueur
  • Splash of Cream de Coco
  • Chocolate Syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the blender (except chocolate syrup).
  2. Add one cup of ice.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Drizzle the inside of a tall glass with chocolate syrup.
  5. Pour mixture into glass.

Notes

Tip: A ripe banana adds more flavor than a green banana.

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