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Simple Singapore Sling

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Simple Singapore Sling Cocktail

Drink Ingredients:

  • 1/3 simple syrup
  • 1/3 grenadine
  • 1 fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cherry brandy
  • 1 house gin
  • soda water
  • fruit stick (garnish)

Mixology Method: Build

  1. Build in a chilled chimney, or pilsner glass.
  2. Scoop the glass 3/4 full with ice.
  3. Add all ingredients except soda and garnish.
  4. Top up the glass with soda water.
  5. Stir slightly with up and down motion of bar spoon.
  6. Garnish with a fruit stick and straw.

Mixology Notes:

This is a very basic recipe, using simple ingredients, that most home bars have on hand. For a more elaborate drink, look to the Original Singapore Sling recipe.

If you find the drink a little sweet for your taste, omit the simple syrup from the recipe. If you don’t have cherry brandy, use juice from the Maraschino cherry jar and add 1/4 measure vodka. Also try experimenting with dashes of various bitters, to add an extra dimension to the drink.

Cocktail Variations:

Rye (Shanghai) Sling – Use house rye instead of gin.

Brandy (Bombay) Sling – Use house brandy instead of gin.


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