How to make Brass Monkey (My Way for 2019)

I am going to tell you my 2019 recipe for making Brass Monkey. Super simple and you'll be asking why you never thought of it.

Been a little while since I have posted. There's a good reason for my absence. It has something to do with this recipe. My new favorite drink. Cue the Beastie Boys. I'm talking Brass Monkey.

How did I get to this point in life that the only way to numb the pain is with a 90s house party staple? Well, it all started with underage drinking. Statistically, if you were an underage drinker then you are more likely to become a heavy drinker as an adult. Or whatever. I swear I read that somewhere.

I am going to tell you how I create this tangy, poor man's drink my way.

First, let's get out the way on how to properly prepare Brass Monkey or specifically what it was and is now.

Brass Monkey Original Recipe

This may come as a shock, but the original recipe has nothing to do with a 40. In fact, the original Brass Monkey originates back to the 70s as a premixed, bottled cocktail made of orange juice, rum, vodka, and dark rum produced by the Heublien Company.

What a surprise!

This whole time the Beastie Boys were referring to this drink and not the homemade 40oz variant. Unfortunately, the original Heublien Company bottle is unavailable since the company was sold. However, you can find The Club Brass Monkey as the replacement.

If you are reading this then we both know you won't go out looking for this drink. As a matter of fact, that's not even real Brass Monkey to us.

Let's move on to the real Brass Monkey

Olde English and Orange Juice

90s house parties and 40s go hand in hand. No need to be homeless to still enjoy 40 ounces of malt liquor. Those new to the blog won't be familiar with my love for malt liquor. Cheap, tastes decent, and high ABV content is the only three criteria I need for my checklist when selecting a beer.

Potential of being robbed when buying my malt liquor adds to the taste. 

The more common recipe for Brass Monkey is simple. Drink down to the top of the label then pour in orange juice. That's it. 

What I love about this recipe is I get the fruity mixed drink taste without the syrup I have mentioned in the past. Orange juice is excellent at masking the bitter taste of cheapness in Olde English.

On to my recipe.

2019 Brass Monkey Recipe

Here's my super-secret recipe - you ready? Instead of a 40, buy two tall cans of Olde English, then you pour one into a tall cup. Make sure the cup is tall enough to leave room for the orange juice.

Once the head of your drink settles, pour in orange juice. Here's the kicker, you pour into your liking. I don't know how much to pour because there's no label with an arbitrary line to meet. Instead, you make it however you want.

Crazy. I know.

A tall can takes less time to finish and won't get as warm as a 40. Pouring however much orange juice works because you can mask a lot of the malt liquor.

Plus, do whatever you want because it's cheap as hell to drink and you'll get drunk regardless and it all tastes the same in the end.

For now, this is my preferred method. If you think I should stick to the original let me know. If you have other recipe ideas, then send them my way as well.

Enjoy your drinks and game on.


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