This non-alcoholic dirty monkey drink recipe is based off of the virgin dirty monkey mocktail I enjoyed on a recent Princess cruise. Made with bananas, cream and chocolate, this frozen drink recipe is a tasty option for a sunny day.
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Dirty Monkey Drink
My husband and I don’t drink alcohol, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a fun and delicious frozen drink! Today I’m sharing a new mocktail recipe inspired by my favorite drink of choice from our recent Princess Cruise vacation!
Princess Cruises offers a variety of beverage packages on board so you can get unlimited or discounted specialty beverages. With the Premier Beverage Package, my husband and I could enjoy a wide array of mocktails, juice, bottled water, smoothies, and sodas. (This package offers wine, beer and specialty coffee too.)
Since we aren’t alcohol drinkers, the idea of ordering a mixed drink was sort of new territory for us. After drinking a couple virgin pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris (sometimes mixing the two), I went on Instagram and asked for more mocktail suggestions. The most popular answer by far was to order a Virgin Dirty Monkey Drink. I had never heard of this drink before, and I literally had no idea what was in it! I ordered it at lunch that afternoon and in just a few sips I knew my mocktail preference had changed forever!
What Is A Dirty Monkey
A dirty monkey cocktail is a frozen drink made with the delicious combination of chocolate, bananas and half and half. It is creamy, sweet and perfectly refreshing. I found this drink actually goes by two different names; the dirty monkey or the dirty banana. I think it just depends on who the bar tender is because some referred to it with one name and others with the other. Either way, you’re going to love it!
How To Make A Dirty Banana
I knew I would want to recreate this drink for my kids at home, so I watched one of the bartenders carefully work his magic. The ingredients to make a dirty monkey are simple; you just need half and half, chocolate syrup, bananas and ice.
When I returned home, I looked online for a dirty monkey recipe, but all the recipes I found used more than the 4 ingredients that were used on our Princess cruise. Some of the recipes used specialty products that I’ve never heard of, and I was not interested in searching high and low at the grocery store and spending unnecessary money. So I decided to come up with my own recipe and I have to say, it is so, so good!
Simply throw all of the ingredients into the blender for about 30 seconds, pour into a glass and then sit by the pool and enjoy!
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Dirty Monkey Mocktail
Sipping this delicious chocolate-banana drink brings me back to that amazing 7-day Caribbean cruise. In fact, if I close my eyes and block out all the noise in the house from the kids, I can almost imagine myself sitting poolside on the Lido deck.
Here is the recipe I came up with based on what I remember sipping on the Caribbean Princess. Leave us a comment below and let me know if you loved this drink as much as I do! Or tag us on social media so we can see you enjoying one by the pool this summer.
Dirty Monkey Recipe
- 1 cup half and half
- 2 cups ice
- 2 bananas peeled
- 1/3 cup chocolate syrup
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix well.
Pour into 2 glasses, add some whipped cream, banana slices + chocolate shavings and you're good to go!
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