The guys at 58 have come up with a tasty twist on the classic Singapore Sling.
Article first published in the February edition of 'One Time Press' our members newspaper
The idea was to create something that complimented the peppery notes prominent in the gin, which they achieved by pairing some of the traditional ingredients for the Singapore Sling with the Square Root bergamot soda instead of using lime and pineapple juice. Carmen from 58 told us “We wanted to make sure the drink tied into everything else we do here so the main idea behind this was a twist on a classic cocktail that we all loved; but one that really just takes the best elements from it and leaves behind all the tinsel. The dryness of the bergamot goes really well with the pepperiness of the gin. It’s a really good pairing.”
The original Singapore Sling is the national cocktail of Singapore and was invented by a talented bartender who worked at the Long Bar housed in the Raffles Hotel in 1915
The original was a gin based cocktail and also used cherry liqueur, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, Cointreau and grenadine. The rosy pink colour of the drink was an integral part of the beverages design, created to make the drink look like a non-alcoholic mocktail as etiquette at the time dictated that women shouldn’t drink in public. By making it look like a fruit juice he was able to give the ladies of colonial Singapore a fashionable and discreet choice that enabled them to let their hair down. Needless to say it was an instant hit.
The Hackney Sling brings the gin punch into the 21st century and is sure to satisfy imbibers with a sweeter tooth.
- 40ml of Limited Edition 58 Gin
- 25ml of Lyme Bay Cherry Brandy
- A teaspoon (5ml) of grenadine
- Roughly 150ml of Square Root Bergamot Soda
To make the cocktail is super easy, just build all of the ingredients in a tall glass packed with ice.
Garnish with a slice of lemon or bergamot and a cocktail cherry.
Our February package which contained 58's Limited Edition gin and all the other ingredients to make our 'Cocktail of the Month'
Want to have a crack at making the original? Here’s the recipe we use at One Time Gin:
- 30ml of good quality gin
- 15ml of cherry brandy
- 5ml of Benedictine liqueur
- 5ml of Cointreau
- 15ml of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 60ml pineapple juice
- 10ml grenadine
- 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and pack full of ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15
seconds. Strain the cocktail into a tall glass full of ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and a