The Monkey Gland Cocktail

January 13, 2016

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

A cocktail from the 1920s named after some sketchy surgical practices. Happily, there's nothing sketchy about the cocktail itself. Gin and fresh orange juice are enhanced with a splash of grenadine and absinthe to make a juicy, easy to drink but interesting cocktail.

Even though they're small amounts, using good grenadine (make your own with equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar with a dash of pomegranate molasses) and absinthe make a difference here.


Makes: 1


  • 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe
In This Recipe


  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

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1 Review

Sarah C. January 19, 2016
You're right - this is great. I made some homemade grenadine just to make this cocktail, and now it's a new house favorite!