Monkey Gland

Monkey Gland cocktail

Type: Cocktail

Created in the 1920s by Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry′s New York Bar in Paris, the Monkey Gland is a gin-based cocktail made with orange juice, grenadine and absinthe. Apparently, the cocktail was inspired by the experiments of Russian scientist Serge Voronoff. Long before Viagra, Voronoff was experimenting with various implants, the most famous of these was the grafting of monkey testicle tissue to human testicles. His hopes were to increase longevity, but his rather shocking technique only received considerable ridicule.  

Print instructions


  • 50ml gin
  • 30ml fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp absinthe
  • 2 tsp grenadine
  • Orange zest curl - to garnish
  • Ice

How to make

  1. Shake the ingredients well with ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with an orange zest curl


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