Monkey gland (cocktail)

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Monkey Gland
IBA official cocktail
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Base spirit
ServedStraight up: chilled, 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.
Commonly servedAll 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]

Some recipes substitute absinthe with pastis or Bénédictine.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Chirico, Rob (2005). Field Guide to Cocktails. Quirk Productions. p. 189. ISBN 1-59474-063-1.
  2. ^ Haigh, Ted (2009). Vintage spirits and forgotten cocktails : from the alamagoozlum to the zombie and beyond : 100 rediscovered recipes and the stories behind them (Deluxe ; rev. & expanded ed.). Beverly, Mass.: Quarry Books. pp. 212–213. ISBN 9781592535613. OCLC 1023288091.
  3. ^ Hirst, Christopher (October 8, 2005). "101 cocktails that shook the world #37: The Monkey Gland". Features. The Independent. p. 57.