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Mad Monk Cocktail Recipe

Aug 07, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Mad Monk is an alcoholic drink that is a “coffee cocktail”, which is a relatively rare group of coffee-related drinks that are beloved by coffee lovers, but may not necessarily have a mainstream audience. It also can be served as a “hot cocktail” that is perfect for the winter, which obviously draws the obvious comparisons to the Hot Buttered Rum and eggnog.

It is certainly a drink for those with a sweet tooth, as it includes flavors of both coffee AND chocolate.


  • 1 ounce of Bailey’s Original Irish Crème liqueur
  • 2 ounces of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • ¼ ounce of coffee liqueur
  • 2 ounces of milk
  • 1 ounce of single cream / half-and-half


  1. Pour all ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a mug or an ice-filled glass, or the container of your choice.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Container of your choice

Again, the Mad Monk can also be a “hot cocktail”. In this version, actual coffee and chocolate are used, and peppermint schnapps is added. This obviously is the version that is much better for the holidays during winter, and great for those who love coffee, chocolate, or both. The most obvious “garnish” is whipped chocolate, and that works for both hot and cold versions. For those who want to enjoy the drink in hotter weather, the drink can also be blended and frozen. Interestingly enough, the “mad monk” is referenced various times in popular culture, even though the most plausible explanation for the name is that it is a reference to the Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic Grigori Rasputin, who was called “The Mad Monk”. This makes sense because the “White Russian” is a creamy and chocolatey drink, as well. The drink is unique because it has so many flavors involved, and it is nutty, minty, chocolatey, and coffee-flavored. If you want a creamy sweet cocktail, whether it’s hot or cold – try one today!


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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