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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 the 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. Particularly popular in Cancun!

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 which 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, the 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 the 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 bananas 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:

There are 7 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


  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.


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Dirty Monkey Cocktail with Pink drink Umbrella

You can find these luscious concoctions and Alejandro in Mazatlan, Mexico at the lobby bar of Emerald Bay which is called Kelly’s Bar. This is their amazing Dirty Monkey recipe!

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.

You also might try a Dirty Banana! A similar style cocktail but different than the Dirty Monkey Recipe because it’s made with vodka and does not include pineapple juice. 

Dirty Banana Drink

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How to Make a Dirty Monkey Drink

Dirty Monkey Drink with pink unmbrella on colorful placemat

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 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


  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.


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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 5gSugar: 51gProtein: 4g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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