The Drink of the Week, Brass Monkey, was chosen in honor of a recently departed member of the Ted Perez family - Senator John Hays.
The name "Brass Monkey" tends to mean different things based on the context of its use. From the English colloquial expression and the 1986 single by the Beastie Boys to an English folk band and, of course, the cocktail. Brass Monkey roots go back to when it was produced as a premixed cocktail by the Heublein Company between the 1970s and 1990s. The label was a unique alternative when first introduced due to the fact that most liquor stores only carried beer, wine and hard liquor, not mixed drinks. Today, the Brass Monkey tends to be a lesser-known cocktail and its recipe varies widely. A few of versions include:
Equal parts beer and orange juice.
A mixture of gin, triple sec, tequila, orange juice, sour mix and grapefruit juice.
Equal parts of dark rum, vodka and orange juice.
The variation Ted Perez chose to study was, as we believe it, born on the hard-scrabble streets of Baltimore. In short, the rule is to consume a bottle of malt liquor until the beer level is even with the top of the label, fill the bottle back up with orange juice and roll it slowly across the ground to create a homogonous mixture. Grip, tip + sip.