This Mother’s Day and Father’s Day get creative with your folks by creating and naming your very own cocktail. Take over the kitchen and whip something up with those to whom you owe your existence – it’s all about spending more time with them, so why not make sure it’s fun?

Monkey Shoulder, the number 1 trending whisky as voted by the world’s top 100 bars, realises that creating cocktails might seem like a daunting task for some, especially when you don’t have all equipment that you would traditionally find in a bar. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. You don’t need all the jiggers and shakers to make a perfect cocktail – just some creativity.

Take a tour around the kitchen and you should find the right tools. They might look a bit different, but ultimately have the same function as those you see in your local pub or bar. The kitchen has mixing bowls, measuring spoons and cups; the bar has mixing jugs, jiggers and shakers. You can even make your own sugar syrup in three ways: by hand, stove or blender. These can all be used at home to create a memorable cocktail experience to treat both mom and dad on their special days – they deserve it.

Here are two examples of easy-to-make cocktails using utensils from the kitchen, to get the creative cocktail juices flowing (pun totally intended):

Jungle Fever

½ cup Monkey Shoulder

⅛ cup elderflower syrup

¼ cup lemon juice

1 cup apple juice

6 mint leaves

Add all the ingredients to a coffee plunger and plunge 5 or 6 times. This will aerate the drink helping the flavours to mix and the mint to infuse with the drink. Serve over ice and garnish with apple slices and mint.

Should serve 2 drinks.

Monkey Mint Sour

If you are a fan of the traditional Whisky Sour, here’s an easy recipe:

100ml Monkey Shoulder

50ml fresh lemon juice

50ml mint syrup

Add all ingredients to your coffee plunger and plunge a few times before serving over ice and garnishing with mint and a lemon slice.


Remember, the most important aspect of these days is to appreciate your parents, and spend some quality time with them – they don’t get to do that much now you’re all grown up and out of the house. They created you all t hose years ago, now it’s time to enjoy the day while making memories as you stir up some creations of your own.