Brass Monkey -
The name of the song, “Brass Monkey”, usually refers to the cocktail that consists of equal parts of beer and orange juice; a mixture of gin, triple sec, tequila, orange juice, sour mix and grapefruit juice; or a mixture of rum, vodka, and orange juice (with or without Galliano).
However, the alternative version of Brass Monkey is a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor that has been consumed to the top of the label and then filled with orange juice.
When this song was popular, and for about 10 years afterwards, Heublein Cocktails produced a pre-mixed version of Brass Monkey. It came in a tiny one-shot bottle, a 750mL, and a gonzo 1.75L.
The instructions on the side label said to Pour Over Ice. Highly recommended… it was pretty terrible warm. It was almost glow-in-the-dark green in color.
My crew had a standing rule: you were prohibited from purchasing your own Monkey. It could only be given as a gift and the lucky recipient had to finish he bottle in the same night. Any night with a 1.75 of that stuff never ended well. And you always woke up with the Monkey on your back…
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