Monkey Gland
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Monkey Gland
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Rating

4.9 / 5
The Monkey Gland is a classic cocktail that harks back to the Roaring Twenties. It's a vibrant mix, notably combining the botanical notes of gin with the sweetness of orange ... more The Monkey Gland is a classic cocktail that harks back to the Roaring Twenties. It's a vibrant mix, notably combining the botanical notes of gin with the sweetness of orange juice, and is rounded out with the subtle anise flavor of absinthe and a dash of grenadine for a hint of color and a slight berry sweetness. Despite its peculiar name, which has historical roots linked to the quirky medical practices of its time, the Monkey Gland is a refreshingly citrus-forward drink with a complex flavor profile that's served chilled in a cocktail glass. It's a playful yet sophisticated choice, reflecting the exuberance and experimental spirit of the era from which it originated.
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Absinthe
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Orange
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25% | 2 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Monkey Gland offers an enthralling combination of gin and orange juice with a mysterious twist from the anise-flavored absinthe and a sweet touch of grenadine. It's a cocktail with a mischievous name but a seriously refreshing and layered flavor profile.

Method
How to make a Monkey Gland

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an orange peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Monkey Gland cocktail?

The Monkey Gland cocktail has a unique and interesting history that dates back to the 1920s Paris. It was created by Harry MacElhone, the owner of Harry's New York Bar in Paris. The name 'Monkey Gland' derives from the unusual medical practices of the time by Dr. Serge Voronoff, who transplanted monkey testicle tissue into humans aiming to increase longevity and virility. The cocktail's name reflects the era's fascination with such experimental medical procedures and has nothing to do with its ingredients.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use any type of gin for the Monkey Gland cocktail?

Yes, you can use any type of gin to make a Monkey Gland cocktail. However, using a dry gin is traditionally recommended because its crisp and clean taste balances well with the sweetness of the orange juice and grenadine, while also allowing the unique flavor of the absinthe to shine through.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to incorporate the absinthe into the Monkey Gland cocktail?

The best way to incorporate absinthe into the Monkey Gland cocktail is by using it to rinse the cocktail glass before adding the other ingredients. This involves adding a small amount of absinthe to the glass, swirling it around to coat the inside, and then discarding any excess. This method provides a subtle hint of absinthe flavor without overwhelming the other components of the drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal garnish for a Monkey Gland cocktail?

The ideal garnish for a Monkey Gland cocktail is typically an orange peel twist or a cherry. The citrusy aroma of the orange peel enhances the orange juice's flavor in the cocktail, while the cherry adds a touch of color and sweetness, making the presentation more appealing and giving a nod to the classic garnishing styles of cocktails from the 1920s.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What types of occasions is the Monkey Gland cocktail most suitable for?

Given its unique history and distinctive name, the Monkey Gland cocktail is most suitable for themed parties or events that celebrate the Roaring Twenties or the prohibition era. It's also a great choice for cocktail enthusiasts looking to explore classic cocktails with quirky backstories or for gatherings where a conversation-starting cocktail is desired.

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