Have you ever had a Monkey Gland? If not, add it to your list. This classic cocktail is a gentle mix of gin, orange juice and grenadine, with just a splash of anise liqueur.

Most recipes call for the splash to be added to the shaker with everything else, but we prefer something a little more subtle. So we usually take that splash straight to the glass, give it a good swirl to coat the inside and dump the rest. From there it’s just a matter of shaking up everything else and adding it into the glass. This produces a well-balanced, fruity cocktail with the delicious hint of juniper and anise.

The Monkey Gland is named after a surgical technique of grafting monkey testicle tissue into humans. The practice was started by Dr Serge Voronoff, and was intended to produce longevity. The Monkey Gland was created in the 1920s by Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France.

 

Recipe:

·       1 dash of Absinthe,

·       1 teaspoonful of Grenadine,

·       1/2 Orange Juice,

·       1/2 Gordon Gin.