Sunday, March 13

Drink Spotlight: Singapore Sling

So here we have an interesting but of drinking history. The original recipe was lost, and what follows has been pieced together from best guesses and reputable sources. That being said, it's recently come to my attention (as of Googling "Singapore Sling" just two moments ago,) that the Singapore Sling is shaken and served up, not on the rocks, which would result in a nice, foamy texture via the pineapple juice. But either way, the recipe seems to be fairly close.

Singapore Sling:
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. Cherry Heering
  • 1/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz. Benedictine
  • 4 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz. Lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. Grenadine
Build in a highball (here, pint glass) filled with ice and stir. Float a drop of Aromatic bitters and garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Let's just say that this drink is intense. It's really, really good but just look at all of those ingredients! It tends to be the case that Tiki-styled drinks can really rack up the ingredients, and while this drink has no rum in it at all, the large number of fruit juices and such, especially the pineapple juice, place this thing firmly in the "Tiki" camp. It's also really, really good. Really complex, too. The combination of gin and Benedictine is a winner, and it's really well balanced between sweet and sour, bitter and fruity. And refreshing, too. A great drink, but the reason why I'm only just now putting it together is that it took me a while to acquire all of the ingredients.

Not that Cherry Heering and Benedictine are particularly difficult to find, but they are expensive and it took me a while to make it happen. Well worth the wait.

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