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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.

Monkey Gland
IBA Official Cocktail
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Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
* Monkey Gland recipe at International Bartenders Association

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

See alsoEdit


  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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