Monkey can't read
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About this Cocktail

I wanted to make an old fashioned with the playful Monkey shoulder whisky, something sweet and spicy. I thought of combining whisky barrel aged bitters and maple syrup to add warmth and texture with the intriguing depth of malt and chocolate.
Once I mixed it I realised I used gin barrel aged bitters instead.
I wanted to be intrigued, I ended up surprised but I find it pleasant.
So there you go, Monkey can't read is my first submission :)


I have substituted the gin barrel aged bitters with fee brothers grapefruit bitters and toned down the syrup. It's still a bit sweet but it's a much nicer drink now.

Update 2 :)

I find the maple syrup a bit overpowering. I really like the "meatier" taste and silky texture it adds to the drink, but it seems too much. I tried the drink with a classic brown sugar cube, built as per usual. Unfortunately it was quite flat. I've added just a dash of maple syrup and it lit the drink up. I still need to find the right balance but the hint of maple really make the cocktail work. The extra sweetness gives it a loads more body too. So maybe that's bound to be a sweet one.

  • 2 ounces Monkey Shoulder whisky
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
  • 2 dashes The Bitters Truth chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash maple syrup
  • 1 brown sugar cube.

Build over a laaaarge ice cube and garnish with a lemon twist.


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