Monkey Gland

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Coupe glass
Measuring jigger
Fine sieve

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152 calories


Monkey Gland image

Serve in

Coupe glass


Orange zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
2/3 fl oz Freshly squeezed orange juice
1/6 fl oz Giffard Grenadine Syrup
1/12 fl oz Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup
3 dash La Fee Parisienne absinthe (omit for Cocktails Made Easy)

Our comment:

I've added the merest touch of sugar to the classic recipe and a dash more absinthe to make this old-school cocktail pop. However, approach with caution, unlike the experiments of Serge Voronoff, nothing about this drink is designed to enhance virility.


Created in the late 1920s by Harry MacElhone at his Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The Monkey Gland takes its name from the work of Dr Serge Voronoff who, convinced that testosterone was vital to a long and healthy life, transplanted monkey testicles onto elderly Frenchmen.

The "Monkey's Gland Cocktail" first appears in MacElhone's 1922 Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails (which we don't have access to). In his 1923 edition, he specifies the recipe as "1 dash Absinthe, 1 teaspoonful of Grenadine, ½ Orange Juice, ½ Gordon Gin. Shake well, and strain into cocktail glass. (Invented by the Author, and deriving its name from Voronoff's experiments in rejuvenation.)."

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