Monkey Gland cocktail

Monkey Gland cocktail
The Monkey Gland cocktail is a sweet drink combining gin, grenadine and orange juice, and the absinthe coated glass adds to its herbal aroma (and potency!).
The Monkey Gland was invented in 1920 by Harry MacElhone at his Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The Monkey Gland cocktail was named after the research of Dr Voronoff who bizarrely claimed that transplanting monkey testicles onto the human body would prolong life expectancy.
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • coupe glass


  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • 5 ml grenadine
  • 3-5 dashes absinthe
  • orange twist (to garnish)


  • Coat the inside of the chilled coupe glass with some dashes of absinthe and pour out the remaining liquid.
  • Mix the gin, orange juice and grenadine in a cocktail shaker mixed with ice. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain into the prepared absinthe-coated coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.


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Originally grenadine was a thick syrup made from pomegranate. Today it is made from other flavours and is artificially coloured and flavoured.

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