If you want to mix up this iconic beast, you'll need a plethora of ingredients including the surprisingly powerful Cherry Heering (some renditions rocking 100 proof alone) and Benedictine, Gin, Grand Marnier, Angostura Bitters, with a sweet bomb of Lime, Grenadine, and Pineapple.
The Classic Singapore Sling
1.5 oz Gin
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz Lime Juice (unsweetened)
1/2 oz Grenadine
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Shake with ice and pour into a lovely tall glass.
+ Sweet, and fruity...to be expected
+ Hard to trace the gin. That's kind of the point.
+ Booze is hidden.
+ Hmm. Let's talk about it.
My trouble with this particular classification of drink is that its core purpose is to HIDE the alcohol under juice. This also cuts the strength, mind you, but to my particular tastes that have now evolved beyond the backwoods grain alcohol bathtub punch drunk masses knee deep in the frat houses of yore...the drink falls remarkably flat for me.
With hints of orange, and grenadine, the star is the Pineapple. It can't not be, as is the nature of its volume. The lime cuts the palette well, but the Gin and the Heering are barely there. There's no subtlety to this taste. No personality.
And as is par for most drinks of this caliber, this is one strong drink. And, unfortunately, it tastes about the same as any Hurricane or Zombie.
Which, to me, is just a tad...boring.
There's a part 2 in here somewhere, but for now, I'll go make something that has something to say.
See you at the Bar,
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