By Courtney Donovan Smith
Translated by Carrie Chang Chien
Venue: Rare Bar & Steakhouse
Dance Monkey, invented by Rare's head bartender, is creamy, frothy and refreshing with a hint of nuttiness. There is little-to-no taste of alcohol, and the mild sweetness has a subtle and natural juice taste. Overall, it's a fun, nicely-balanced and interesting drink with a hint of summer that should be popular across the board. Rare Bar & Steakhouse is a very attractive, indoor-and-outdoor restaurant with an extensive bar located on the Windsor Hotel's eight floor. Try making your own Dance Monkey and then compare it with the original!
-50 ml. whiskey (William prefers to use Monkey Shoulder Whisky)
-20 ml. vanilla syrup
-20 ml. apricot liqueur
-30 ml. apple juice
-15 ml. fresh lemon juice
-1 egg white
-handful of mixed nuts (cashews, almonds & walnuts)
-a pinch of nut powder and small bits of nuts (like that from the bottom of the bag of nuts)
1. Add all ingredients, except nuts, into cocktail and mix well with a dry shake. Add a handful of ice cubes, and shake well again for 20-30 seconds.
2. Strain cocktail into glass (removing ice cubes).
3. Garnish with a pinch of small nut pieces and powder.
4. Place a handful of nuts next to the cocktail.
Bonus: Garnish with flowers for added bouquet and visual appeal.
Drinking your Dance Monkey:
Try eating each type of nut, and nut combinations, between sips. This adds a new dimension to the taste experience and is a bit of a fun ritual, not to mention a great conversation starter.