10If you’ve read Slights you’d be forgiven for thinking that Kaaron Warren was an angst-ridden emo with a bleak outlook on life. Nothing could be further from the truth. She’s a lovely, well-adjusted woman with a love of life – she just happens to write dark really well!

So, when I asked her to write something for our 12 Days feature, it was impossible to predict what we’d get…

Over to Kaaron:

There are two sides to me. One is the nasty, malicious, evil-seeing, negative writer. The other is the person you’ll meet in real life. I love throwing parties, especially dinner parties, and at Christmas Time the party always starts with Tail of the Monkey.

It’s a marvelous drink which brings a warm glow to every cheek and is guaranteed to make people feel benevolent towards your cooking.

Tail of the Monkey

cinnamonvanillaBring to the boil six cups of milk with a cup of sugar and 2 cinnamon sticks. I like to add a pinch of cinnamon as well because it’s such damn good stuff and some say it’s mildly narcotic. Don’t let the stuff boil off the stove.

Dissolve ¼ instant coffee powder in the milk. Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a vanilla bean if you have it.

Let this cool for some time.

Add 2 cups of tequila, bottle and stick it in the fridge for a day or so.

Serve it in ever-larger glasses.



  1. My Dad just noticed I didn’t say 1/4 of what instant coffee. That would be a 1/4 of a cup. Of course.

  2. It’s definitely a meal substitute. You’ve got your dairy, you’ve got your cinnamon and you’ve got your agave. Bit of guacamole and corn chips and you’re well ahead!

  3. I wonder, could it be made with cocoa rather than coffee? I don’t like coffee…

  4. If you’ll excuse me, I have to run out and buy some cinnamon. This sounds amazing!

  5. And it doesn’t actually taste like tequila. I would have it instead of a meal.

  6. I’ll be giving this a go. Not usually a tequila fan, but if it’s in a cocktail it counts as food…

  7. I can see any number of us willing to test it again, now you’re back. I mean, what if our memories fail us and what if it isn’t quite as good as we thought? We have to try some and see. In fact, I think people all over the world should test your recipe and get back to you on its wonder.

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  9. Yep, that’s the one! We drank an awful lot of it if I remember correctly.

  10. Hey I remember that drink. It was awesome. Didn’t we drink that before you went to Fiji? Yummo. I still have the tequila I bought to make that drink.

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