Monkey Gland


  • 2 ounces OTG

  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice.

  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine, to taste.

  • Dash of absinthe.

  • Garnish: orange slice or flamed orange peel



  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Swirl a dash of absinthe in a chilled cocktail glass to coat it, then dump out any excess liqueur.

  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the gin, orange juice, and grenadine.

  4. Shake well.

  5. Strain into the prepared glass.

  6. Garnish with an orange slice or a flamed orange peel. Serve and enjoy.


Because absinthe was illegal in the US (and much of the world) for decades, some bartenders started substituting Bénédictine liqueur in this cocktail.

If you’d like to try that variation, just replace the absinthe with Bénédictine. It changes the character of the cocktail a bit—but it’s a pleasant change, and one you may prefer.

for a cocktail like this it's always better to use homemade grenadine


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Why Is It Called the Monkey Gland?


MacElhone claimed that the experiments of Dr. Serge Voronoff inspired the name. In the 1920s, the surgeon focused on male enhancement treatments, the most famous of which involved grafting monkey testicle tissue (or monkey glands) to human testicles. Voronoff became well-known for this rather shocking technique and received a considerable amount of ridicule. He died in near obscurity in the 1950s. His boldness lives on in the name of this cocktail as well as monkey gland sauce, which was reportedly created by French chefs working in South Africa.

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