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Cola de Mono (Monkey’s Tail), Chile’s traditional holiday drink

Cola de mono or Colemono, is a traditional Chilean drink served around Christmas time. It is similar to a White Russian. Although there are many versions of this drink, it contains mainly aguardiente, milk, sugar, coffee, and cloves. A virgin version can be made simply without the alcohol.

The literal translation of Cola de Mono is “monkey’s tail.” While the exact origin of this unusual title is unknown, one theory is that this delicious drink will have you swinging like a monkey! Another story links the name to former Chilean President, Pedro Montt. Whatever its origins, you’ll enjoy toasting family and friends at the holidays—or any time of year—with this creamy creation.

So, try something a bit different and new with this Chilean classic at Bacán Café.