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Monkey Gland

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Harry McElhone created this bright, citrusy cocktail in the late 1920s at the famed Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The cocktail’s name comes from a bygone surgery developed by French surgeon Serge Voronoff that used actual monkey glands to increase male virility. It’s unclear whether the cocktail’s name was intended as some sort of joke, or if it was a nod to absinthe’s intoxicating effects. For the best results, make this drink with homemade hibiscus grenadine or, at the very least, a good, craft bottling.

The Essentials

Orange Juice
The Details


2 oz Gin
0.75 oz Orange Juice
0.25 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz grenadine
1 barspoon absinthe


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with cubed ice.
  • Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass using a Hawthorne strainer.
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