Drink of the Week: The Monkey Gland

the Monkey Gland.Never fear, absolutely no simians were harmed in the making of today’s DOTW. The Monkey Gland is, in fact, a sly wink to a prohibition-era alleged health treatment which, for a time, was seriously in vogue with the (maybe not so) smart set. It did, in fact, call for the transplantation or grafting of the testicular tissue of a presumably very unhappy primate onto the testicular tissue of a slightly less unhappy primate, i.e., a male human being. Say what you will about modern day snake oil supplements and the like, they rarely cause intense groin pain.

What drew me to today’s cocktail was not any interest in the potency properties of primate parts, but in finding another drink where I could substitute my new bottle of raspberry syrup for grenadine after last week’s adventure with Dr. Cocktail’s Blinker. I admit to having enough of a sweet tooth that I was contemplating using my Smucker’s syrup in lieu of jam by soaking pieces of bread with it. Better by far to use a much smaller amount of it as a sweetener in a drink I’m going to be consuming anyway.

That’s not to say I didn’t give a fair hearing to the more traditional choice of grenadine, but let’s just say I was prejudiced in favor of the old school substitution.

The Monkey Gland

2 ounces London dry gin
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1/4 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) grenadine or raspberry syrup
1/4 teaspoon or 1 dash absinthe
1 orange peel (desirable garnish)

Combine all your liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker, perhaps stirring first if your using the kind of thick, cold raspberry syrup I was. Shake for a good, long time and strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Add your orange peel and toast our much maligned cousins in the animal kingdom. Yes, we are related to them. Admit it, you resemble monkeys and apes at least as much as you resemble your uncle who always smells vaguely of fried eggs.

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This version of the Monkey Gland comes to us primarily from cocktail super-maven Robert Hess, who — and I mean this in the most flattering way possible — has always struck me as Martha Stewart’s boozier, slightly more relaxed twin brother. The drink in its updated version appears in Hess’s truly essential The Essential Bartender’s Guide, as well as in one of Mr. Hess’s eminently watchable online videos. It’s creation is usually credited to Harry MacElhone of Paris’s legendary Harry’s Bar. Mr. Hess, however, says the Monkey Gland was first mixed by Frank Meyer, the almost as legendary bartender at the nearby Hotel Ritz.

The original Monkey Gland called for equal parts gin and orange juice and commensurately less sweetener. I was tempted to give that a try but then I wouldn’t be using so much of my raspberry syrup up, and we couldn’t have that. Also, I’ve been enjoying my bottle of Tanqueray and who needs to cover that colossus of London gins up with too much OJ? Nevertheless, I did also try this drink with cheaper, merely 80 proof, Gordon’s Gin, and it was a taste treat in it’s own right.

The difference was actually more pronounced between the Monkey Glands I made using my default Master of Mixes grenadine and the raspberry syrup. It produced a gentler, subtler, slightly sweet taste I really enjoyed, especially when paired with the a-little-goes-a-super-long-way annis/licorice flavor of absinthe. So, yes, once again, advantage Smuckers.

And one final note, there’s also a South African barbecue sauce which goes by the name of Monkey Gland. It’s also 100% primate free but also contains no gin. You win some, you lose some.

  

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Delano Las Vegas another feather in the cap for MGM Resorts

delano

As MGM Resorts continue to expand and modernize their portfolio of properties in Las Vegas, the momentum picks up with the recently launched Delano Las Vegas. Bullz-Eye visited the new resort recently and found out exactly what the hype was all about with the Delano opening her doors in Vegas. With its all-suite boutique offering, Delano Las Vegas (which is the same building as the former The Hotel) brings the effortless style and unparalleled service of the original Delano South Beach to the energy and buzz of the Las Vegas Strip.

When you first enter the Delano Las Vegas, you know there is something different about this hotel, from the private and separate entrance from the attached Mandalay Bay resort and Casino, to the natural desert fixtures welcoming you to the true desert resort. This all-suite oasis features rooms with a clean color palette of whites and neutrals, like the 725 square-foot king suite, which incorporates Delano’s iconic window sheers, crisp white linens and oversized tufted headboards, updated with playful gold accents for a bold and modern touch. Each suite features a private bedroom with a king-sized bed, a spacious spa-style bath and separate living room with its own powder room. Clean and neat is measured to the max and we appreciated the understated luxury that was very cool without trying too hard.

We started most days at the 3940 coffee and tea joint on the lobby floor. Inspired by the shaded area of a sun-drenched desert, 3940 is a comfortable retreat featuring mid-century modern furniture, plush sofas and communal seating. The ceiling’s unique lighting features cast a patterned glow to the comfortable surroundings, where we lounged and unwound by the marble fireplace or in the alluring living room. The menu is perfect for a quick bite or refreshing beverage and one can enjoy one of their many artisanal teas, freshly squeezed juices and signature coffees, or perhaps sample one of the signature menu items such as our Breakfast Burrito and Ham & Brie Paninis. The granola with yogurt was superb and was a smart healthy option.

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Techgating with AT&T

AT&T Fan Zone Tour Truck

Football season is underway and with early fall weather it’s a perfect time to enjoy tailgating before watching your favorite team.

With new technologies, the whole tailgating experience can be enhanced in many ways. AT&T refers to this as “techgating.” Techgating is the intersection of technology and tailgating regardless of whether you’re at home, on the go or at the game. Use the latest apps, handy-dandy gadgets and lighting fast connections to enhance your tailgate experience and stay up-to-date on all things College Football.

This year, AT&T is giving College Football fans the ultimate #Techgating experience by highlighting innovative ways AT&T technology is helping connect fans all over the nation through their AT&T Fan Zone Tour! Fans will be able to visit the AT&T Fan Zone Tour trucks during AT&T sponsored games and participate in a Fight Song Mashup, Social T-Shirt Cannon, Social Heat Map, use Solar Charging Stations and watch games via U-Verse Live Stream projections.

Throughout the College Football season, AT&T is encouraging fans to share their best #Techgating tips for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship! Go here [http://techgating.att.com] for more information to share how good you are at techgating. You can tweet your pic, video or tip with #techgating for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship!

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The Millennial Challenge: Homeownership

big house in suberbs

It has been said that “the ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Where in the name of Jay Electronica does that leave the Millennials among us? You know; the overly analyzed champions of legalized marijuana, delayed marriage, and social liberalism. 18-34 year olds make up a scrum of perpetual renters and childhood home dwellers that probably couldn’t qualify for a traditional home loan if it fell out of Ariana Grande’s auto tune machine and landed directly in their collective laps. It’s hard to blame Generation Y; after all, we grew up during the dotcom 90’s and then graduated into the worst recession the country had experienced since the 1930s. A childhood defined by economic prosperity leading to a bourgeoning adulthood where a net worth of $10,400 makes you wealthier than half of your fresh faced 18-34 year old peers; that’s irony only a Generation Xer could appreciate.

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Does Your Inner-Child Crave New Toys?

2 Ferrari LaFerrari

Inside every man is an inner-child – sometimes the little tyke is buried deep, deep down inside. You may have outgrown the whining, crying for mama, and peeing your pants, but it’s doubtful you’ve outgrown the allure of toys.

Even the seemingly mature among us have passions that harken back to a childhood obsession with toys.

Do you drool when you pass by a car dealership, with a new Ferrari or Camaro, on display? Then, perhaps you collected matchbox cars, or RC Racers, as a kid.

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