Â H and J, Theoretically summer has ended, and Iâ€™m concerned that we didnâ€™t drink enough cocktails with umbrellas in them. Do you fancy getting together to rectify this sad and sorry situation? I have flamingoes on straws, parrots on sticks, glass hanging cats, and colored paper umbrellas. And rum. Kate x Â
Kate, Weâ€™d love to! Hil Â
So I headed over to Wine Warehouse on Broadway, much beloved of NYU students with totally legitimate IDs, and, consequently, a rich seam of non-famous brand spirits, and outrÃ© liquors.
Because a Singapore Sling is not the kind of drink that you just whip together one night on a whim. It takes a bit of planning. Cherry Heering for starters, or some other kind of cherry brandy. This is no biggie, I suppose – weâ€™re moving into mulled wine, mulled apple cider season. Itâ€™s going to get used. And then thereâ€™s the Benedictine, which, frankly, is a bit of a one drink spirit, but Hilary had a bottle, and it would travel, so that was ok.
The Singapore Sling was created at Raffels bar by the bartender, Mr Ngiam Tong Boon, and he jotted the recipe down on a bar-chit for a customer anxious to recreate it at home as follows:30ml gin,Â 15ml cherry brandy,Â 120ml pineapple juice,Â 15ml lime juice,Â 7.5ml CointreauÂ 7.5ml Benedictine,Â 10ml Grenadine,Â dash of bitters, sodaÂ Â
Or, in ounces:1 Â½ oz gin, Â½ oz cherry brandy, Â¼ oz Cointreau, Â¼ oz Benedictine, 4 oz pineapple juice, Â½ oz lime juice, 1/3 oz grenadine, 1 dash bitters, soda Â
You shake everything except the soda together over ice, pour into a glass, top up with soda to taste, then serve garnished with a bunch of mint, a maraschino cherry and a wedge of pineapple â€“ and as many umbrellas, novelty straws and swizzle sticks and good taste will allow.