At the fag end of the 20th century, Putin was coming into power in Russia, Bill Clinton was being impeached, George W. Bush was becoming the President of America, and the world at large was hoping for a miracle. In the sunny shores of swashbuckling Singapore, in the early 1900s, bartender extraordinaire Ngiam Tong Boon was stirring up a storm in a glass. Boon’s improvisation of the classic gin sling gave birth to the sassy Singapore Sling, a cocktail so on fleek that it could send the best of best in a heady trip down the clamouring, gaudy lanes of Singapore.
Since then, a thousand (okay, that’s an exaggeration) variations of the Singapore Sling have come and gone, each leaving its impression behind. Taking inspiration from the 20th century stunner, here’s yet another version of the drink, with a Scottish twist.
Mix your own Singapore Sling…
You’d need a handful of ingredients before you start off. You need gin, cherry-brandy, grenadine, Benedictine, Cointreau, angostura bitters and our secret addition, Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky. The barrelhound’s spicy sweetness blends like magic with the sweet, tangy cocktail imparting it a richer body and adding stronger kick.
Now, take a Collins glass, pack it with ice and chill it in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, combine the liquors and aperitifs in the following order and quantities. 1 ½ ounces gin, 4 ounces of pineapple juice, ½ ounce of cherry brandy, ½ of freshly squeezed lime juice, ¼ ounce of Benedictine, ¼ ounce Cointreau, ¼ ounce of grenadine, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, and lastly, the star of the show, ½ ounce of Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky. Now shake it well until the orange-hued red of the cocktail resembles the sky at sunset.
Strain the cocktail into the chilled Collins glass over a fresh stack of ice. Garnish with a twist of an orange peel, a few maraschino cherries and the Singapore Sling with a Twist is ready to rock the party.
With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol.
The highball is probably one of the most common whisky drinks consumed around the world with the most famous variant being ye olde Scotch and Soda. However, the whisky highball can come in many shades but the most distinguishable feature of this mix is the tall glass of ice! The origin story of this familiar drink, however, has been lost in the meanders of time.
We’ve all raised a glass to the new year and are raring to uncork new trends that are continuing to evolve. Indeed, it seems to be a promising year when it comes to innovation.