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The iconic 1818 cherry liqueur is offering an incredible opportunity to present YOUR version of the Sling


At Fort Defiance, Saluting a Drinks Pioneer on

…A bon vivant and world traveler who married exceptionally well and drank with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Errol Flynn, Baker found time to write about the cocktails he encountered around the globe, in the pages of Esquire, Town & Country and Gourmet, where he had a column called “Here’s How.” His book “The Gentleman’s Companion,” published in 1939, has become a collector’s item among cocktail types, and occasionally you’ll find one of his liquid creations popping up on a modern cocktail list. (I am particularly fond of the Remember the Maine, a Manhattan-Sazerac cross laced with cherry heering.)…

Singapore Slings, trishaws, and other adventures during city tour on

…The weather decided not to cooperate with us and we got caught up in a big rainstorm, so we made some last-minute adjustments to our tour and headed up to the Jewel Box lookout at Mount Faber for a great view of the city. The skyline really is impressive. We followed that stop with a visit to the famed Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel where the Singapore Sling was invented (Singapore Sling = Gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice). We all enjoyed one (and in some cases a couple) of the yummy drinks until the rain stopped. After the Long Bar we proceeded outside for a trishaw (rickshaw) ride through the Arab Quarter and Little India areas of Singapore, both representative of the mixed population of Singapore….

Where To Get Singapore’s Favorite Historical Cocktail: The Singapore Sling on

Developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender who worked at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel Singapore, the Singapore Sling is a historical cocktail that has made a revival over the past few years. The original recipe used only the best ingredients – gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine and fresh pineapple juice. While by the 1980s the quality of the drink had begun to suffer – for example, substituting soda water and bottled juice instead of the fresh variety – a reappearance of Cherry Heering and fresh ingredients has revived the cocktail favorite.

Want to know where to get a quality Singapore Sling on your next trip to Singapore? Try these top venues.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

This should be the first stop on your mission to find the perfect Singapore Sling, as this is where the drink was created over 100 years ago. Inside the hotel is the legendary Long Bar, the birthplace of the cocktail. For those who enjoy sipping their drink in a laid-back atmosphere, the two-story venue features Earthy decor inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s.
Moreover, if you’d like to try a unique spin on the drink, modern day bartenders at the Long Bar have created six variations – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Tropical and Courtyard. To pay homage to the Ngiam Tong Boon, however, each recipe contains at least one original ingredient. For instance, the Spring Sling contains Smirnoff Apple Vodka, Apple Sourz and fresh pineapple and orange juices, while the gin-based Courtyard Sling is made with Lychee Liqueur, fresh mango juice and ginger beer. To help guests remember their cocktail experience, Singapore Sling Glasses and Sling Shakers are available for purchase.

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

At the historic Fullerton Hotel, Singapore (FHS), patrons can enjoy more than just your average Singapore Sling. At their onsite Post Bar, there is actually a Singapore Sling collection, featuring eight unique variants of the famous cocktail, including a Coconut Sling and a Lychee Sling. The trendy bar also features a private music room with contemporary and new world music. Moreover, guests can choose to enjoy their cocktails at the under-lit honey onyx bar tables or outside in the bar’s adjoining outdoor East Garden.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

At The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, patrons will be able to enjoy classic Singapore Sling’s in a lounge named after the famous American glass artist, Dale Chihuly. The recipe for their version of the Sinapore goes like this: 30 ml Gin
15 ml Cherry Brandy
15 ml Grenadine
10 ml Triple Sec
10 ml Benedictine Dom
90 ml Pineapple Juice
15 ml Lime Juice
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Sliced Starfruit, Watermelon and Rock Melon for garnish
“There are many variations of Singapore Sling as different bartenders tweak the cocktail’s components for the best result,” explains assistant beverage manager Karamjeet Singh. “Our Singapore Sling is completely made a la minute when orders are received. This freshness really allows the subtleties of different flavors come through, from the warmth of the cherry brandy to the sunshine that pineapple juice imbues on the palate. Our Singapore Sling is slightly less sweet and doesn’t contain club soda unlike most other establishment’s version

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A Dallas cocktail inspired by a notorious former resident

Veteran barman Eddie “Lucky” Campbell recently launched retro cocktail den The Chesterfield in downtown Dallas, not far from the infamous grassy knoll. Here he shares a signature drink he invented while working at a bar in Oak Cliff—which happens to be the former neighborhood of one Lee Harvey Oswald.


1 sugar cube
1/2 oz. Punt e Mes vermouth
1/2 oz. Cherry Heering liqueur
2 oz. Maker’s 46 bourbon
2 pieces orange peel

1. Pour a bit of absinthe into a cocktail glass and roll to coat. Discard the excess.

2. Place the sugar cube in a mixing glass. Add the Punt e Mes and Cherry Heering. Squeeze one piece of orange peel and drop it into the mix, then add the bourbon and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

3. Strain into the absinthe-rinsed glass and garnish with the other peel.

Note: You can set the absinthe on fire before pouring in the rest of the drink, or simply fill the orange peel garnish with absinthe and light that instead.

The Fussy presents Drink of the Week

The Singapore Sling
■1 oz. London dry gin
■1 oz. Bols Cherry brandy or Cherry Heering
■1 oz. Bénédictine
■1 oz. fresh lime juice
■2 oz. soda water
■1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients except soda water and bitters and shake in ice. Strain in an ice-filled collins glass and top with soda water. Dash with Angostura bitters.

Today is my Dads birthday, so I thought it would be a fun idea to put up a drink in his honor.

This is a drink that has specific memories to me from my childhood. I used to go with my family to Australia almost every year and on a number of occasions we would stop over in Singapore for a few days. I can remember my dad was always excited when he arrived, he would get unpacked then announce to the family “I’m heading down to the bar for the first Singapore sling of the trip.” As we were fortunate enough to stay at the gorgeous Raffles Hotel on many occasions, it is easy to understand why this was his recurring drink of choice.

Curiosity Cocktails from Mars Science Laboratory Engineers on

Highbrow musical compositions aside, when the rubber hits the road, I’m a man who enjoys his drink. My love of Tiki concoctions sometimes walks that thin cliff’s edge between a light hangover and insanity. Then there is, of course, The Head (which is still lurking in my garage).

It’s probably no secret that my day job is at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If it was, well, these were the clues… With a week to go until the MSL landing and in the spirit of merging art and science, I wanted to share a little project that my friends and I undertook.

I now present to you the official unofficial Mars Science Laboratory cocktails!

MSL Flaming Aeroshell

■2 parts Silver Tequila
■1 part Cherry Heering Liquor
■Juice of 1 Lime
■Squeeze of blood orange juice
■Splash of grenadine
■Dash of salt
■Dash of cayenne pepper

Scott Nowak created this fantastic Tiki inspired punch. Pour ingredients into a punch bowl filled with ice. Cut lime in half and clean out pulp after it has been squeezed. Fill with 151 rum. Float lime shell on cocktail. Light 151 on fire for flaming aeroshell effect…..


by Joan Harris

Who says a brewery can’t get in on the craft-cocktail renaissance? Matthew Stipe created this red-hued refresher in homage to the disarmingly astute and underestimated secretary on Mad Men–a drink, in other words, that packs more punch and depth than appearances might suggest. While he likes to use house-brewed lager, a briskly hopped craft beer like Victory Prima Pils will also do the job.

Make It At Home

1½ ounces Drambuie
¾ ounce Cherry Heering
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
Chilled Victory Prima Pils
3 dashes Fee Brothers bitters

In a pint glass filled with ice, combine the Drambuie, Cherry Heering and lemon juice. Top with the beer. Cap the glass with a shaker tin, shake once and add the bitters. Serve.

Texas Bars and Restaurants bring “Spirit” of Olympics to the Lone Star State

On Friday, viewers across the world watched the spectacular opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And even though the celebration of the Olympics is taking place across the pond, there are a few Texas bars and restaurants that are managing to bring the “spirit” of the Olympics to the Lone Star State. Check out these delicious Olympic-inspired cocktails being served across Texas throughout the 2012 Olympic Games.

Malai Kitchen (Celeb Mixologist Jason Kosmas). This is an Olympic-sized cocktail for two people

Singapore Sling
2 ½ oz Beefeater Gin
1 ½ oz Triplum (Luxardo)
1 oz Benedictine (B&B)
1 ½ oz lime juice
2 oz Cherry Heering Liqueur
6 oz pineapple juice
6 dashes bitters

“This is the original Singapore Sling recipe from the Raffles Hotel. I learned this recipe from Dale Degroff (who also re-introduced it to the hotel of its origin). We are treating it like a punch as it has a plethora of ingredients: gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters, lime juice, and pineapple juice. It is classic from that part of the world and is great in hot weather as a drink to share.” – Kosmas

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