How to Make a Monkey Glands Cocktail

Monkey Glands Cocktail is another absolute favourite drink of several people around the world – if it is made to perfection. Monkey Glands name was given to this cocktail by Harry McElhone, as he was the one who invented this drink. Harry McElhone himself owned a bar called Harry’s New York Bar, which was located in Paris. It was Harry’s efforts which not only introduced this drink to the cocktail lovers, but also made it famous for its amazing taste.

Monkey Glands Cocktail is usually made from absinthe, but in place of this ingredient, some people also use Benedictine – which is also a commendable substitute. Bar tenders started adding Benedictine into this cocktail because U.S. had banned absinthe. However, today that ban on absinthe has been lifted and now people are enjoying the same old great flavour of Monkey Glands Cocktail.

There are basically four to five ingredients involved in making of the Monkey Glands Cocktail, which are combined together in a cocktail shaker. You can also try out this amazing cocktail drink by following a simple recipe given in this guide to make Monkey Glands Cocktail.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 01

Utensils: Chilled Cocktail Glass, Stirrer & Cocktail Shaker


– 2 oz gin
– 1 oz orange juice
– 1/4 oz grenadine
– 1 dash absinthe
– Orange slice for garnish


  • 1

    Take a chilled cocktail glass and whirl one dash absinthe in it until it gets coated.

  • 2

    Take the rest of the ingredients and pour them into a cocktail shaker one by one along with ice cubes. Make sure you add the gin too.

  • 3

    Then, shake it well until all the ingredients get mixed together.

  • 4

    Pour this mixture into the cocktail glass from the cocktail shaker.

  • 5

    Embellish it either with a burnt orange peel or orange slice.

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