This was the most memorable trip of my lifetime. My dad, a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran with seven Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross and two Silver Stars among his numerous medals, was taking his family back to Vietnam for the first time. We didn't have the pleasure of staying at Raffles but years later as fate would have it I returned for one more Singapore Sling in the historic Long Bar at Raffles.
*If you did the math then you realize on my first trip I was not of legal drinking age, but they have bigger fish to fry over there, you know like chewing gum in public and loiterers.
The Original Singapore Sling RecipeFrom Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh. Makes one drink.
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounces Cherry Heering
2 teaspoons Benedictine
2 teaspoons Cointreau
2 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes real pomegranate grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
Real maraschino cherry, for garnish
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Orange wheel or twist, for garnish
Combine all except soda and garnishes in a shaker full of ice.
Shake, and strain into a tall glass (highball or Collins) with a few lumps of ice. Top with a splash of soda water.
Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange wheel.
The Singapore Sling: Shortcut Recipemakes one drink
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce cherry Brandy
1/2 ounce grenadine syrup (less if you don't want it sweet)
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
Add all of the ingredients except the club soda and maraschino cherry to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
Top with a splash of soda and a cherry.
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