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Celebrate the holidays at home with these Monkey Shoulder cocktails

By Tanya Lara Published Dec 02, 2021 6:00 pm

‘Tis the season to be jolly! With the holidays just around the corner, lights and colorful décor are livening up our homes and city streets for a truly festive atmosphere.

This Christmas, get in the merry spirit of mixing by unleashing your inner bartender and experimenting in some festive pours with Monkey Shoulder, the 100% malt whisky made for mixing.

Monkey Shoulder is a free-spirited, fun loving blended malt with an easy-going smooth, rich and mellow vanilla deliciousness that means it can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, mixed or in cocktails. Scotch snobs say you shouldn’t drink whisky with ice or mix it with cocktails, but there are no old-fashioned rules when it comes to enjoying Monkey Shoulder. That’s why bartenders love Monkey Shoulder; it’s a sociable Scotch that loves to mingle!

The fun and possibilities with Monkey Shoulder are endless—you can play around with your own mixes or simply recreate three of their most popular cocktails:

Ginger Monkey

Let’s start with the Monkey Shoulder’s signature serve — the Ginger Monkey. The fastest way to flavour, whisky lovers would describe this cocktail as OMG! (Orange/Monkey/Ginger). To make this simple cocktail, you’ll need:


  • 50 ml. of Monkey Shoulder
  • 120 ml. of dry ginger ale
  • Freshly sliced orange wedge

How to make the ‘Ginger Monkey’

  • Fill a long glass with ice.
  • Pour in your Monkey Shoulder, and top it off with dry ginger ale.
  • Gently stir, and garnish with your orange wedge.
 The Ginger Monkey

Lazy Old Fashioned

A cheeky spin on one of six original cocktails in the world—the Lazy Old Fashioned is a fan favourite Monkey Shoulder rendition of the long-standing classic. To blend it perfectly, you will need:


  • 50 ml. of Monkey Shoulder
  • 10 ml. of sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes of angostura bitters
  • Orange zest

How to make the ‘Lazy Old Fashioned’

  • Add Monkey Shoulder, sugar syrup and angostura bitters to a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Strain into glass and add a garnish of twisted orange peel for some extra zest.
 The Lazy Old Fashioned

Rob Roy

The Rob Roy, made of whisky and vermouth, was first created in 1894 by a bartender at the legendary Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Transport your taste buds to New York for the holidays and make your own version at home by combining:


  • 50 ml. of Monkey Shoulder
  • 25 ml. of sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes of angostura bitters
  • Orange zest

How to make the ‘Rob Roy’

  • Combine Monkey Shoulder, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir until very cold.
  • Strain into a chilled martini or coupette glass.
  • Top it off with a garnish of twisted orange peel.
 The Rob Roy

Visit the Monkey Shoulder Mixing Wonderland at Bonifacio Global City

The festive cheer carries on for those doing their Christmas shopping. To get some inspiration for your cocktail nights at home, Monkey Shoulders is hosting a pop-up bar at Bonifacio Global City, featuring whisky-based cocktails mixed by bartenders from Manila’s most famous watering holes! Located by the unmissable Monkey Shoulder Giving Tree along C1, every guest above the legal drinking age is entitled to one complimentary cocktail per weekend.

 Monkey Shoulder Pop-Up Bar at Bonifacio Global City

Limited Edition Monkey Shoulder Twin Pack

Take the merry mixing home! Also available for the season is a limited-edition Monkey Shoulder Twin Pack composed of two 700-ml. Monkey Shoulder bottles and a set of Monkey Bricks. The twin pack is available at the pop-up bar as well as select S&R stores, The Marketplace, and Robinsons Supermarket stores. Whilst stocks last.

 Every Monkey Shoulder Twin Pack comes with two Monkey Shoulder bottles (700ml) and Monkey Bricks

For updates on the latest event happenings, follow Monkey Shoulder’s Facebook and Instagram. Visit

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