Rule 2 Drink: Chimp In Orbit

Time for another Rule 2 examination of work by other non-Tiki bloggers getting their faux-tropical on. After searching for an image of my own to use for this post, apparently a Rule 5 situation is going on here, too. (Look around, Smitty’s minions. This whole month is dedicated to the forgotten Tiki drinks that didn’t suck. Put on your Hawaiian shirt and rock the appropriate tunes while you are at it.)
Recently, Randy Hanson of Summit Sips took note, as I do, that the best antidote for a winter like this one is to light the torches and sacrifice a virgin make a yummy Tiki drink! his offering has one of those awesome Tiki names I just love: The Chimp in Orbit.


  • 1 1/2 oz. 151 rum
  • 1 oz. Italian vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 oz. white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 oz. real grenadine
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice until well chilled. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Randy has lots of cool stuff about the space program in his post, and some good insights on the ingredients in this sucker, so be sure to swing by!
I mixed this one up myself, and was reminded once again of an immutable fact of cocktails: Creme de Cacao is the most powerful ingredient in whatever drink its in. Like Absinthe, its presence in a mix, no matter how small the quantity, in unmistakable. In most regular cocktails, this is a bad thing, which is why my bottle of the stuff is old and mostly full. But it is a good illustration of the magic of Tiki blending that the Chimp in Orbit is really pretty good.
I took pictures of my attempt at this drink, but they frankly turned out ugly. In it’s place, I thought you’d enjoy the image above of the chimp partying down after returning from orbit. (A discontinued statuette from Electric Tiki)
UPDATE: Smitty apparently likes this creeping ex-astronaut so much, he’s linked him again this week. Probably because he found a great YouTube video of what appears to be the same malefactor. Check it out at this week’s Rule 5 roundup.


  1. Randy

    21 February

    Hey, Doug, Thanks for the mention. This cocktail temporarily cured my winter blues, but I think it’s time for another! I’ll have to try it with Grand Marnier this time.

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  2. Doug

    22 February

    Thanks Randy. It’s a cool drink and it gave me an excuse to post that picture.

    The one thing you didn’t mention is where Chimp in Orbit came from….

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  3. Randy

    22 February

    I was trying to meet my own deadline, and after an admittedly short time searching I didn’t find info regarding its origin. Can you enlighten me? I can’t imagine it’s older than the space program. . .

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  4. Doug

    22 February

    Can I enlighten you? No. That’s why I was whining about you not enlightening ME!

    I agree, it probably dates back to the Mercury Program period, when we were hurling chimps into space. where did you find it originally?

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  5. Randy

    22 February

    Well, it’s gonna sound like I don’t have a life outside of cocktails, but I actually found this on the cocktaildb. It’s basically an “easier” Tortuga. Maybe that cocktail has some juicy history, even if the name isn’t as exciting.

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  6. Kali Gilger

    14 March

    Wonderful job!

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