Credited to Harry McElhone, the famed proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris where the Bloody Mary originated, the Monkey Gland is a classic 1920s cocktail that balances gin and fresh orange juice with a splash of absinthe and a little pomegranate grenadine.

The Monkey Gland The Monkey Gland
Unfortunate moniker aside, the Monkey Gland is a classic absinthe-tinged gin cocktail. It's ruby glow—perfect for Christmas—adds festivity to a holiday party.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail


  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 12 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 14 oz. grenadine
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • Orange peel, for garnish


  1. Combine gin, orange juice, grenadine, and absinthe in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.