Monkey Gland

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Monkey Gland
IBA official cocktail
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Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified
PreparationShake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
TimingAll Day
dagger Monkey Gland recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Monkey Gland is a cocktail of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe created in the 1920s by Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France.[1]

It is named after the pseudo-scientific idea that grafting monkey testicle tissue into humans would increase longevity, the idea developed by the Russian doctor Serge Voronoff.[2]


  1. ^ Rob Chirico, Field Guide to Cocktails p. 189, 2005 by Quirk Productions. ISBN 1-59474-063-1
  2. ^ Hirst, Christopher. (October 8, 2005) The Independent 101 cocktails that shook the world #37: The Monkey Gland. Section: Features; Page 57.