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Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling 1.000

Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post, Glassware from Crate and Barrel

Spirits Feb 2, 2011

This version of the infamous cocktail bears little resemblance to the sickly-sweet boat drink most people associate with the name. It is very close to the original sling, which called for a significant part of the dry cherry brandy called kirsch or kirschwasser, rather than the syrupy cherry liqueur that eventually came to be used. Look for Trimbach, Aqua Perfecta, Clear Creek or Black Forest Kammer brands of kirschwasser.

For an interesting variation, replace the confectioners' sugar with 1/4 ounce of Benedictine liqueur.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces kirsch
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
  • Chilled sparkling water, preferably Apollinaris
  • Orange wheel, for garnish
  • Maraschino or brandied cherry, for garnish (see related recipe)

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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the kirsch, gin, lemon juice and confectioners' sugar. Shake well, then strain into an old fashioned or rocks glass with 2 or 3 ice cubes in it.

Top with sparkling water. Garnish with the orange wheel and cherry.

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From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 16g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 15g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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