Straits Sling

Difford's Guide
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Serve in a

Sling glass


Orange slice & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick (sail)

How to make:

SHAKE first six ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with soda, lightly stir and serve with straws.

2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
12 fl oz Benedictine D.O.M.
12 fl oz G. Miclo Kirsch Vieux Eau de Vie
1 fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 dash Orange bitters
Top up with Thomas Henry Soda Water

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Singapore Sling

Our comment:

Dry cherry and gin come to the fore in this long refreshing drink.


Straits Sling is thought to be the original name of the Singapore Sling and in his 1922 Cocktails and How to Mix Them Robert Vermeire gives the following recipe for the drink:

2 dashes of Orange Bitters
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
The juice of half a lemon
1/8 gill of Bénédictine
1/8 gill of Dry Cherry Brandy
1/8 gill of Gin
Pour into a tumbler and fill up with cold Soda Water.

In his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks , David A. Embury calls for "Cherry Brandy (Kirsch)" in his Singapore Sling and this Straits Sling recipe is adapted from this recipe.

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