Singapore Sling

This is one of my all time favorite cocktails. I know, I know, you can't just come out and make a claim like that. But honestly, this drink is so delicious I want to shout off roof tops about it. 

Apparently the Singapore Sling is a hotly debated cocktail with a hundred origin stories and no agreement on what the original recipe is nor what the best modern version is. The only agreement seems to be that it is to this day the "house" drink at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, and that the version they serve there is sickenly sweet and undrinkable.  Even so, I have to thank them for popularizing it, and thank mixologists over the decades for making it properly delicious.


Singapore Sling

Adapted from a picture I took of a recipe from my brother! 

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Peter Heering Cherry Heering
1/4 ounce Cointreau
1/4 Benedictine
3 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
Orange Slice for garnish
Cherry for garnish (preferrably Luxardo)

Combine the gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple and lime juices, and bitters in a cocktail shake and shake well. (Hold on tight, the pineapple juice foams and you don't want it flying everywhere!) Strain into a highball glass and garnish with orange slice and cherry. 


Another version from Serious Eats, sounds intriguing it has no pineapple juice and adds a splash of sparkling water. Maybe I'll try that the next time around. Or maybe I'll just stick with this recipe because as I started off by saying... Best Cocktail Ever. 

If you want to know more about the multitudinous "historical origins" of this lovely cocktail check out this article on The Spruce