Monkey Gland Recipe

Are you looking to spice up your cocktail repertoire? Look no further; the Monkey Gland will do the trick! This exotic concoction, created in the 1920s, is an exquisite blend of gin, grenadine, orange juice, and absinthe. Vibrant and flavorsome, the complexity of this vintage drink adds a distinctive flair to any gathering. Bring out the Monkey Gland for your next special occasion and your guests won’t be disappointed!

Monkey Gland

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • ¼ oz grenadine
  • ¼ oz absinthe
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of anise-flavored liqueur


  • Fill a shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients to it.
  • Shake the ingredients until they are mixed well and chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass and serve.


This classic cocktail was invented at a Paris bar in the 1920s. This recipe traditionally includes gin, orange juice, grenadine, absinthe and anise-flavored liqueur. If you don't like absinthe, you can substitute pastis or anise extract. The anise-flavored liqueur used can be such as Pernod, Herbsaint, Ricard, or Ouzo. The amount to used depends on personal preference, from 1/8 teaspoon (recommended) up to 1/4 teaspoon.