The word 'Sling' comes from the German 'schlingen', meaning 'to swallow', and Slings based on a spirit mixed with sugar and water were popularly drunk in the late 1800s. Slings are similar to Toddies and like Toddies can be served hot. (Toddies, however, are never served cold.) The main difference between a Toddy and a Sling is that Slings are not flavoured by the addition of spices. Also, Toddies tend to be made with plain water, while Slings are charged with water, soda water or ginger ale. The earliest known definition of 'cocktail' describes it as a bittered sling.
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 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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