Monkey Gland

A Prohibition classic, the Monkey Gland was devised at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1923. The name is a reference to a surgical procedure by a Dr. Serge Voronoff. For men with performance issues, Dr. Voronoff offered to implant in them the testicle of a monkey, for "rejuvenation."

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ½ ounces fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe

Preparation Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Caveat Cocktail critic Doug Ford has made, tasted, and reviewed the drink on his Cold Glass website and concludes: “It’s a good cocktail—in fact, it’s a delicious cocktail—but I’m trying to picture myself ordering one across a bar.

‘Good evening, Miss, I’ll have a Monkey Gland, please. And keep them coming.’”