Top 10 anti-Valentine’s Day drinks

9. Monkey Gland

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A juicy cocktail with a twist of absinthe, the Monkey Gland was the invention of Harry McElhone, owner of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. He claimed the name was inspired by the 1920s surgeon Serge Voronoff who was known to carry out experiments which involved grafting monkey testicle tissue, or monkey glands, on to human testicles which he believed couple help prevent ageing. 

Ingredients

50ml gin
25ml orange juice
5ml grenadine
1 dash absinthe
Orange slice for garnish

Method
Swirl a dash of absinthe in a chilled cocktail glass to coat it, then dump any excess liqueur
Pour the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well.
Strain into the cocktail glass and garnish with the orange slice or a burnt orange peel.

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