Food and Drink

Monkey Gland Cocktail

This doesn’t have the most appealing name. Apparently this was pretty much a made up concoction with a weird, made up name, to intrigue people into drinking it. Art of Drink has the whole story. Lommebogen has the basic mixers matching up with Savoy and Café Royal, but the base spirit is quite different. It uses cognac and vermouth instead of gin. Either way this is just a weird drink.

Monkey Gland (Lommebogen)

The Recipes


  • 1.5 oz. cognac
  • .75 oz. Italian vermouth
  • .75 oz. orange juice
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • a little grenadine

Savoy/Café Royal

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 3 dashes Pernod
  • 3 dashes grenadine (Café Royal uses 2 dashes instead of 3

The Tasting

Ugh. I had to dump the Lommebogen version. That was foul. The Savoy/Café Royal was “drinkable” but still didn’t feel very balanced. It has a bad name, and it’s a bad cocktail. No need to tarry here.

This post is part of a series working through some of the cocktails in a Danish bartender’s notebook from the 1930s, Lommebogen.