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Ginger Monkey Monday!

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

What better way to start the week than with a good whisky cocktail? The other day I came home to a big package in front of my door and this one not only played a brilliant beat when I opened up the lid, Monkey Shoulder sent over a delicious bottle of their Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, their brilliant Trigger Jigger and a portable speaker!

And so obviously I couldn't help but share the joy with you and the OMG Ginger Monkey Cocktail!

What's that now?

Monkey Shoulder is a premium blend malt Scotch whisky that was specifically created for mixing all the way back in 2005 by William Grant & Sons. It's release has sort of heralded a new face in Scotch whisky, appealing to the new generation whisky drinkers and dusting off the image that Scotch whisky often had. Nowadays I cannot imagine a bar or restaurant that has good cocktails on their menu, that does not have a bottle of Monkey Shoulder on their shelves.

What's the taste?

Monkey Shoulder is made from different kinds of Speyside single malt whiskies and it's quite mellow. You'll find a lot of vanilla in there as well as a lot of fruit, some citrus and while it is less pronounced than some of your spicy whiskies out there, it does make it a great whisky for mixing.

What's in a name?

The name itself was actually derived from an injury which people tended to to get from turning malted barley by hand. While the injury no longer exists, the name honors the men who spent many hours manually flipping the malted barley.

The Trigger Jigger

The name sort of already tells you what to expect but this epic jigger is controlled by a trigger on the side! The jigger was inspired by a nickel- and silver-plated jigger from the late 1880s, and the Trigger Jigger is the latest Monkey Shoulder invention, which already boasts an extendable iSpoon in 2014, a Konga Shaker in 2016, and The Claw in 2017. The idea is that it both saves time and money by being more precise!

Now let's get down to it shall we?

In that beautiful big package came a delicious recipe called the Ginger Monkey. What's the flavours to expect? OMG... Orange, Monkey and Ginger of course! Zesty, spicy and sweet, for relaxed Monday (or any day to be honest) at home.

  • One long drink glass

  • Ice cubes

  • 50 ml Monkey Shoulder

  • 120 ml Ginger Ale

  • An orange wedge

For my rendition I used Bundaberg Ginger Beer as I prefer that to the taste of ginger ale and for my orange slice, I love the sweetness of blood oranges.

So grab that glass, toss in the ice cubes, pour in the Monkey Shoulder and Ginger Ale, stir gently and decorate with that orange wedge.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday and make sure to Make it Monkey!

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