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Drink Of The Week: Monkey Gland

This week's Drink Of The Week is actually a recipe I posted last year as a suggestion for using fresh grenadine. So far, I have tried to avoid reposting cocktails that I already mentioned, but today I am going to make an exception. That's because the Monkey Gland is delicious. It's a cocktail that bears repeating and one that I need to remind myself about occasionally. It's one of those drinks that can convince someone that they really do like gin cocktails.

Monkey Gland
2 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
1/4 oz grenadine
1 dash absinthe

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

The Monkey Gland is named for an unusual medical procedure once thought to reinvigorate a man's sexual prowess. By transplanting a monkey's testical into a human host, the recipient was supposed to enjoy renewed youth and curious aphrodesiac effects. Although it's name may be inspired by medical quackery, the Monkey Gland is an impressive combination of flavors. First, here's another perfect opportunity to try your wonderful homemade grenadine. If you haven't tried making it yet, this is a good reason to. Second, fresh squeezed orange juice is going to make a huge impact to the quality overall. Finally, the healthy dash of absinthe helps to elevate and combine the flavors while the gin provides some structure to the drink.

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