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A picture of one Monkey Gland cocktail with gin, grenadine, oranges, and absinthe in the background.

Monkey Gland Cocktail Recipe

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


The Monkey Gland is probably the only classic cocktail who was inspired by grafting monkey testicles on humans. If there others, please let me know. I really want to know. Just how big of a niche is this?


Units Scale
  • Ice for shaker
  • 1 1/2 ounces Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Absinthe (just a splash of Absinthe)
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • Orange peel, for garnish


  1. Add ice to shaker
  2. Add all ingredients to shaker
  3. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds
  4. Strain into a coup or cocktail glass
  5. Garnish and serve


  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best results. The Monkey Gland Cocktail is a simple cocktail with only a few ingredients, so it’s important to use the best quality ingredients you can find. Use fresh-squeezed orange juice, real grenadine syrup, and a good-quality gin for the best results.
  • To get the perfect balance of flavors in the Monkey Gland Cocktail, it’s important to shake the cocktail vigorously with ice for at least 10-15 seconds. This will help to fully mix the ingredients and create a frothy texture.
  • The Monkey Gland Cocktail is a versatile cocktail that can be customized to suit your taste. Try experimenting with different types of gins and absinthes to find the perfect combination of flavors for you.
  • Use a chilled cocktail glass for the best results