Classic Cocktail Corner: The Brass Monkey

Ah yes, there is something exceptionally delicious about a classic cocktail! Whether it’s the history behind the drink, or the yearning for a simpler time, sometimes the mood is a cocktail that doesn’t have much fuss. It’s just all about the flavor!

Welcome to Barchive’s Classic Cocktail Corner!

This week’s recommendation? Say hello to The Brass Monkey!

Backstory: While the Brass Monkey refers to many a drink recipe, the original Brass Monkey was a pre-mixed cocktail created and sold by the Heublein Company in the 1970s. It was originally named after an “alleged” WW2 spy, H.E. Rasske, but many have since speculated and debunked this story to have been fabricated for marketing purposes.

Its popularity grew in the 1980s, thanks to the Beastie Boys’ hit single of the same name. While we all just assumed that the boys were rapping about the Malt Forty//OJ combo, Mike D later commented that the cocktail was the TRUE inspiration for the song.

While The Brass Monkey fell off the face of the planet for a while, it’s had a bit of a recent-ish renaissance. You can still come across this treat in all it’s pre-mixed drink glory at some liquor stores under its new name, The Club Brass Monkey.

A DIY Brass Monkey – The Cocktail

One part Vodka
One part Dark or White Rum
One part Orange Juice
Ice

Pour all ingredients into a highball glass, then stir to mix.
If you’d like to get fancy, feel free to garnish with an orange wheel.

A DIY Brass Monkey – The One with the Forty

1 40oz of Malt Liquor of Your Choosing
Orange Juice

Open the forty, and then drink down to the top of the label (don’t you dare dump it out)! Then pour OJ into the forty, and you’re done.
This cheap drink works great for playing Edward Forty-Hands. If you don’t know what that is, don’t even worry about it. You’re fine.