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The Monkey Gland is a cocktail of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe named after a surgical technique of grafting monkey testicle tissue into humans.[1] The practice was started by Dr Serge Voronoff, and was intended to produce longevity.

The Monkey Gland was created in the 1920s by Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France.[2]

  • preparation taken from American Bar by Charles Schumann.


Alternative recipe (circa 1920s)[]


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass


  1. Hirst, Christopher. (October 8, 2005) The Independent 101 cocktails that shook the world #37: The Monkey Gland. Section: Features; Page 57.
  2. Rob Chirico, Field Guide to Cocktails p. 189, 2005 by Quirk Productions. ISBN 1-59474-063-1

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