Cocktails can be served or cocktails can be prescribed. This past weekend we had the opportunity to do the latter when we hosted a friend who in the past week lost her cable, her babysitter and her job. She has strong antibodies to adversity, having been through worse before, so we figured all she needed was a dose of optimism and sunshine. The perfect medicine? A Singapore Sling, a drink that uses two of our favorite classic liqueurs, Cherry Heering, an all-natural sour cherry liqueur whose recipe dates from 1818, and Be?ne?dictine.
In researching the Singapore Sling, we found general agreement that it was invented at the Raffles hotel in Singapore, but different recipes. Out of the many we tried, we found they fell into 2 categories: fruity/sweet and refreshing/bitter. So we present one of each. Which version you like will depend on your mood, palate, the temperature outside, the day of the week, the level of the Dow and your company. If you’ve got your M.D. (mixology doctorate), you can use your professional judgment. And remember how economical home remedies can be – one $30 bottle of Cherry Heering can make 33 Singapore Slings!
You may have noticed some unusual liqueurs joining our regular line up on the liquor shelves in the Brooklyn wine store. With cocktail culture in full swing, we thought you might be interested in creating some classic cocktails at home. Bénédictine is one of those lost liqueurs that is a staple of classic drinks like the Singapore Sling. It is an herbal liqueur with a cognac base and notes of citrus peel and honey. Take 5% off with a same day receipt from Provisions for over $10.
Note that our Bénédictine is the original, not B&B. B&B, which stands for Bénédictine and Brandy, was actually a drink created by a New York bartender at the 21 Club that became so popular that Bénédictine created a premixed blend. The original B&B cocktail was made by floating brandy on Bénédictine over ice using equal parts of both spirits. We actually prefer a Bourbon and Bénédictine, with ratios and flavors more similar to a Manhattan. Sometimes called a “Kentucky Colonel”, the drink is simple and the ratio of bourbon to Bénédictine can be adjusted according to taste.
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with the lemon twist. Combine bourbon and Bénédictine in cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir (or shake, like we did). Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with twist.