The Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling

This week we are presenting yet another historic cocktail: The Singapore Sling. As you will hear in Episode Nine of The Charlie Tonic Hour, it is a favorite of our house band, Doctor Bombay and the Atomic Bachelor Pad. With a name like that you just know that they are going to be fans of drinks with little umbrellas. This famous drink, not to be confused with a very intriguing movie with same name, was invited sometime prior to 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. A sling is a very old fashioned type of cocktail, originally something like a cold toddy. In Singapore the drink became something else entirely. Losing the medicinal overtones it instead became one of the progenitors of the Tiki bar style of cocktails. The gin and bitters give a hint of roughness to what could otherwise be an overpoweringly sweet drink. In the end the Singapore Sling tastes a lot like how Doctor Bombay Sounds; fun-loving, loud, not too serious, with just the right amount of edge. The ingredients are not the easiest thing to come by these days and a lot of bars have bastardized the original recipe into an easier-to-mix version if they even serve it at all. But after tasting a true Singapore Sling I can tell you that it is worth the trouble to do it properly.

All the wonderful ingredients, ready to please.

The Singapore Sling

1 1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Cherry Heering

1/4 oz Cointreau

1/4 oz Benedictine

4 oz pineapple juice

1/3 oz grenadine

1/2 oz lemon juice

dash Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled collins glass. Garnishing with a little umbrella
and garnish with cherry and a pineapple slice is optional but highly recommended.

Singapore Sling – The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess from Small Screen on Vimeo.
 

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