Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Singapore Sling

Every time time you see an article about the Singapore Sling, they gotta tell you at length how nobody knows what the original recipe was. It could be a scenario out of Somerset Maugham or something. Say there could be a sane, respectable, happy cocktailian traveling from England to Malaysia in search of the true Singapore Sling, who would then become seduced and confused by each succeeding variation of the recipe until he ended in a town on a modest island, haunting a harbor bar in the afternoon, zombie-like, to the puzzlement and sorrow of the locals, and bedeviled at night by a melancholy madness ending in a violent and inexplicable death in tropical-weight trousers.

Luckily, nobody has to go through all that because Beachbum Berry offers this version which he thinks tastes the best. Me too.

Singapore Sling (1950s)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Cherry Heering
  • 1/2 oz Bénédictine
  • 1/2 oz brandy
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 1/2 oz club soda (or more to taste)
Shake everything—except soda—with ice cubes. Stir in soda. Strain into a tall glass. Add fresh ice to fill. Garnish with an orange wheel and mint sprig.

I add the soda after I strain the drink, and stir it gently. It seems odd to strain something with bubbles.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Somerset-styled saga. Would make a great one act chamber opera.


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