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My girlfriend compulsively buys cake vodka whenever we go shopping for alcohol so I am always trying to find ways of using it all. My liquor cabinet currently contains three bottles of cake flavored vodka from 3 different brands that were all bought in 3 different cities (including one that we smuggled onto an airplane from our flight back from Washington D.C. last spring). As a man who enjoys his scotch neat, his bacon crispy, and his coffee black, I have been presented with a great challenge: what am I supposed to do with all of this sugary cake vodka?!


Fortunately, there is nothing I relish more than a challenge. Especially if it means I can create a new (or modified) cocktail. I noticed that the Funky Monkey and the Vanilla Gorilla (in addition to being excellent names for dance moves) are becoming more popular recently and I wanted to throw my own primate themed cocktail into the barrel! (Get it? Monkeys? Barrels? Eh? Eh?!) So enjoy my own twist on the Vanilla Gorilla: the Monkey Cake!

Step 1: Tools, Ingredients, Prep, and Mixing

Tools & Ingredients
  • Chocolate syrup / melted chocolate
  • Cake Vodka (1/2 oz)
  • Bailey's Irish Cream (3/4 oz)
  • 99 Bananas (3/4 oz)
  • Heavy Cream (1 oz)
  • Toasted coconut shreds
  • Cocktail glass
  • Medium sized plates (x2)
  • Cocktail shaker
I used Magic Shell chocolate syrup because it hardens quicker when rimmed on a chilled glass and is less likely to drip down the side of the glass.


Preparation
  1. Place your cocktail glass into your freezer or refrigerator to chill.
  2. Spread your toasted coconut shreds over a medium sized plate.
  3. Pour your melted chocolate / chocolate syrup onto another medium sized plate.
  4. Once your glass is chilled, take it out of the freezer / refrigerator and dip the rim into the chocolate.
  5. Once the rim of your glass is evenly coated in chocolate, dip the rim into your toasted coconut shreds making sure that it gets a nice even coating of coconut.

Mixing
Pour all of your liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake thoroughly until shaker is frosted over and pour into your cocktail glass.

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