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Monkey Gland

Posted by Reese on 2009-09-07 @ 07:13pm

We’ve all got a number of glands performing various tasks in our bodies.  Now, I’m no anatomy expert but last I checked I don’t have a Monkey Gland.  I’ll double check…Thymus (check)…Salivary (check)…Monkey (yeah, no).  Hmmm…Well, sounds like a tasty cocktail and thus a good choice for this week’s investigations.

Gary Regan notes that there are two main variants on this classic.  The original utilizes absinthe for it’s flavor enhancer and is documented in the Savoy Cocktail book.  Since absinthe was not available in the US at the time a variant was created that swaps Benedictine for the absinthe.  Fear not though, my liver has enough capacity to try them both for you.

Monkey Gland #1 (Joy of Mixology)
2 oz Gin
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
Benedictine to Taste
Grenadine to Taste
1) Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
2) Shake until thoroughly chilled
3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Monkey Gland #2 (Joy of Mixology)
2 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Fresh Orange Juice
Absinthe to Taste
Grenadine to Taste
1) Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
2) Shake until thoroughly chilled
3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass