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.
- 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)
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.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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