Monkey Gland


23. April 2015 by swizzzlestick

Prohibition turned out to be a boon to rebellious cocktail creation. The symbolic flagship of the Prohibition venue was undoubtly Harry´s Bar, which was far from american shores. I do not mean the famous one named after Harry Pickering in Venice, Italy, cozy and traditional as it might be, but rather the 1920s beehive of activity that was Harry McElhone´s joint, Harry´s New York Bar – situated, ironically, in Paris. This venue embodied the spirits of Gatsby, of flappers, and of moneyed Americans abroad. From this wellspring flowed the cocktail that, to my mind, is most associated with Prohibition, the Monkey Gland.

Veteran vaudevillian Billy Meyers sang of it in “Made a Monkey out of Me”, whose lyrics contain an extended double entendre: referring to how the drink presumably made you act and the procedure from which its name derived. This medical procedure, pioneered by Dr. Serge Voronoff and very au courant in Paris in the mid-twenties, involved transplanting a monkey testicle into male humans to “rejuvenate” them. Claims were made of it being a veritable fountain of youth, but it was really the promise of the gland´s aphrodisiac effects that caught everyone´s imagination.”,Ted Haigh writes in Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails.


2 ounces Gin, 1 ounze Orange Juice, 1 tsp Grenadine, 1 tsp Absinthe


Shake vigorously in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass.

monkey gland


The addition of a teaspoon of Absinthe and the slight sweetness of grenadine makes one of my favorite cocktails out of this simple gin and juice drink.


2 thoughts on “Monkey Gland

  1. Great cocktail To drink while watching Sherlock Holmes’s Adventure of the Creeping Man!

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