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Drink of the Day: Monkey Gland - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Monkey Gland

September 11, 2014 | By |

Here’s a cocktail for you gin lovers out there that is unique and tasty.  It is a cocktail that was introduced by the famous Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France back in the 1920’s.  Harry was known for his mixology skills and he has many cocktails that have stood the test of time.  This one is not that popular today, but is interesting enough to introduce as the Drink of the Day.

I have changed it up a bit just to keep it interesting.  It has only been just recently that Absinthe has been allowed back on the bar as an ingredient.  Prior to that, Pernod was the substitute of choice.  I have chosen to use this instead of the Absinthe, but feel free to do it the original way.  I only chose to do it this way to show you that you have options.

This is an aperitif that you will want to take your time drinking.  Not short on flavor and aroma, this is one that will keep your senses busy.  Just take your time and enjoy!


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1 1/2 oz. Gin

1/2 oz. Pernod

1 oz. Orange Juice

Splash of Grenadine


Method:  In a mixing glass with ice, pour in the ingredients.  Cap and shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Take a lemon peel and twist it over the cocktail, allowing the oils from the rind to disperse on top of the drink.  Rub the twist gently on the rim prior to dropping it into the drink.


This Day in History:

1789 – Alexander Hamilton was elected the first Secretary of the Treasury.

1962 – The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do.

2001 – Terrorists crashed two commercial airliners into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center, causing both buildings to collapse killing thousands of people.  Another jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania and another hit the Pentagon.

2012 – Armed gunmen stormed the American consulate in Benghazi, killing US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials.


Notable Birthday:

Former Dallas Cowboy coach, Tom Landry was born on this date in 1924.

Notable Quote:

“The only journey is the one within.”  –  Rainer Maria Rilke




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