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RECENT COCKTAILS: SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
Rhum Agricole, Cognac, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Rose water
Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Crème Yvette, Grapefruit peel, Lemon juice, Grapefruit juice
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Jamaican rum, Demerara Rum, Allspice Dram, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Simple syrup, Mint
Bourbon, Ginger liqueur, Elderflower liqueur, Falernum, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
Eau de vie of Douglas Fir, Absinthe, Gin, Egg white, Simple syrup
Pear eau de vie, Triple sec, Lemon juice, Orange juice
Pisco, Apricot liqueur, Crème Yvette, Ginger beer, Lemon juice, Egg white
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Gin, Cynar, Ginger liqueur, Elderflower liqueur
Blanco tequila, Herbal liqueur, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint, Cucumber, Salt
Gin, Herbal liqueur, Apricot liqueur, Fernet Branca, Lime juice, Agave syrup

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

In Search of the Singapore Sling

Let’s get some known facts out of the way first, shall we? The Singapore Sling was probably invented some time between 1913 and 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, who worked at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It certainly had gin. And ice. It may have had “cherry brandy” (by which we mean a cherry liqueur ... or perhaps not) and Benedictine. It may have also had lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, sloe gin, crème de cassis, orange bitters and/or the all-mysterious “bitters”.

Furthermore, let’s set some things straight. First, this drink, whatever it is, isn’t a sling. A sling is a lightly sweetened and chilled spirit, lengthened with water of some sort. This drink, with its citrus, bitters and liqueurs is much more like an early English Tiki drink than a proper sling.

In fact, so little is known about this drink’s ingredients that David Embury, writing in “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” (1948) claims that he’d never seen two recipes with the same ingredients. I would extend this, and say that we should differentiate between the Modern Raffles Hotel Singapore Sling, the Original version of the same drink, and the more generic “Singapore Sling”, which may or may not have a lot in common with the version served at the Raffles.

Recent Additions

  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice
  • Japanese reviver — Shochu, Aromatized wine, Lemon juice, Bergamot liqueur, Agave syrup
  • NoiseMaker — Brandy, Licor 43, Dry sherry, Grapefruit juice, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Smoked 45, 18 hours ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 1 day 10 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.

  • Re Gathering Storm, 1 day 15 hours ago subspot commented:

    Might need a little more sweetness, very dry as is with my pineapple gomme syrup from Cocktail Codex which is a 1-1 sugar to pineapple juice (with added acid and gum powder). Almost a bit too christmasy, but very good.

  • Re Champs Elysées, 1 day 22 hours ago yarm commented:

    Note: the drink was first published as Green Chartreuse but it is far superior with Yellow to my palate, so that's how I (and most folks) make it.

  • Re The Beast, 3 days 11 hours ago stirred commented:

    Like a complex cola. Made with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic.