Chilean Monkey Tail Punch

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
Stories vary surrounding the origins of this punch's unique name. Some say it was initially served in a bottle depicting a monkey with a long tail, but others suggest it was named after a funny incident with a Chilean president in the early 1900s. Whatever the origin, coffee and spirits will make this sweet chilled drink warm you right up this Christmas. It also goes by "cola de mono." —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Chilean Monkey Tail Punch Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 1-1/2 cups pisco, aguardiente, grappa or brandy
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a large saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Strain into a large pitcher, discarding spices. Stir in coffee, pisco and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 129 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.