As the mixology movement takes root across Miami -- classic, pre-Prohibition era cocktails are all the rage. Old favorites like the Blood and Sand, the South Side and the Manhattan are making a stiff comeback, re-introducing the masses to gin, bourbon and other liquors too often shelved in favor of flavored vodkas and sweet liqueurs.
One lesser known classic is the Singapore Sling, a libation invented early in the 20th century at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, reportedly by Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. This lightly fruity, gin-based concoction is a perfect summertime drink for combating the Miami heat.
But with lots of phonies and fakes floating around (don't try ordering a drink like this at, say, Blue Martini) we wanted the real deal. So we went to Sergio Fernandez, B.A.R.-certified mixologist, sommelier and bartender at Doma Polo Bistro in downtown. He shook us up a Sling, and it was lovely.
Here's the recipe, so you can recreate this classic at home, just in time for the Great Gatsby's release, summer breezes and long, lazy poolside afternoons.
1 oz London Dry gin
1/2 oz Peter Heering Cherry Liqueur
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz lime juice
Splash of pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine
Dash Angostura bitters
Shake well and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Then drink a toast to the good old days.
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