This is a delicious drink — sweet and smooth and you won’t feel it kicking until you’ve almost finished a glass. It looks like Singapore Sling, it sneaks on you like a real Singapore Sling but although Speedy got the recipe from a website that says it is a Singapore Sling, it isn’t really a Singapore Sling.
The True Recipe
The sweet, sparkling scarlet concoction reflected its exotic routes, with enticing fruity notes of Pineapple, Grenadine Syrup, Angostura bitters, Dom, Cointreau and Lime disguising the tartness of the Gin and Cherry Brandy. Its popularity surged and before long, it became known as the “Commander’s” drink. In Hainanese dialect, the word “Commander” is known as “??” (si ling) and its abbreviated pronunciation became ‘Sling’… [Source]
No pineapple juice, first of all, and pineapple juice is an essential ingredient of real Singapore Sling.
Second, grenadine (a syrup made from pomegranates) is substituted for Bénédictine, a mysterious herbal liqueur the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret known only to three people at any given time — at least, according to Wikipedia.
Third, sour mix goes in place of Angustura bitters.
I love Singapore Sling. I had countless glasses during a vacation because it is just so bright and refreshing and sweet — it is the tropics just as much as the mojito. Although the coral-colored cold drink in the photos do not claim to be the real thing, it is equally delicious and I like it just as much as the Singapore Sling with all the traditional ingredients.
Based on one of the many “Singapore Sling” recipes in The Spirit.
A la Singapore Sling
- 1 ounce good quality gin
- ½ ounce grenadine
- ½ ounce cherry brandy
- 1 dash sour mix (equal parts of lime juice and plain simple syrup)
- club soda
- Into a shaker, pour the gin, grenadine and cherry brandy.
- Add ice, the sour mix, then pour enough club soda to make one glass of drink.
- Shake gently to blend (the club soda will fizz so shake gently).
- Pour into a glass and serve.