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  • Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Singapore Sling; Wreck Bar Tonight

    Posted on August 6th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    tiki-bar-drinksAnother great summer drink for your Tiki Bar is an old favorite…

    The Singapore Sling

    Even the name of this bright red cocktail evokes the essence of exotic, taking you to mysterious, far-away places without leaving your bar stool. Developed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the century, a modified version of the original is still served there today.singapore-sling

    Here’s the old fashioned version of the recipe, from back in the days when sophisticated cocktails meant sophisticated ingredients:

    2 oz gin
    3/4 oz Cherry Heering
    2 tsp Benedictine
    2 tsp Cointreau
    2 oz pineapple juice
    3/4 oz fresh lime juice
    2 dashes pomegranate grenadine
    1 dash Angostura bitters
    Soda water
    Maraschino cherry
    Pineapple wedge
    Orange wheel

    Throw together everything except the soda and garnish in a shaker. (If you’re not sure which ingredients are the garnish, please put down the shaker and ask an adult to supervise.) Shake it up,and strain into a hurricane or highball glass with a few rocks of ice. Top it off with a splash soda water. Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange skewered on one of those little plastic pirate swords.

    The Raffels Hotel in Singapore, Birthplace of the Singapore Sling

    The Raffels Hotel in Singapore, Birthplace of the Singapore Sling

    This less interesting but still very groovy tasting alternative is much more popular today, and a hell of a lot easier to concoct. Generally if you order a sling today, you’ll get a nice red gin drink. It’s good stuff.

    1 dash  Cherry Liqueur
    4 oz  Club Soda
    1 oz  Gin
    0.5 oz  Grenadine
    0  cracked Ice
    0  cubes Ice
    2 oz  bottled Sour mix

    Toss everything into the shaker except the soda and ice cubes and shake, shake, shake Senora. Strain over the rocks in a hurricane glass and ad the soda. Then garnish as above. Make sure you use the pirate sword or it’s not a sling. A little plastic monkey or mermaid on the side of the glass is an added bonus.

    Speaking of Mermaids…

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar Tonight, 6:15pm, Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper Hotel

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper

    We’ll be sipping Singapore Slings at the Wreck Bar tonight as we watch the enchanting Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her pod of sea lovelies swimming it up in the hotel pool. It’s always fun to watch the mermaids do their underwater antics. If you’re Fort Lauderdale, stop on by!

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, in the kool little corner of my lanai.