Remember when I told you that there was yet another recipe for the Singapore Sling, the one championed by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry? He found it in a 1950s issue of Gourmet magazine, where it was professed by the reader who sent it in as the authentic Raffles Hotel version. There’s no way to know if it really was, but if it’s Berry’s favorite, it’s worth trying.
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce Cherry Heering
1/2 ounce Benedictine
1/2 ounce brandy
2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces club soda
Shake everything but the soda with ice; add soda, then strain into a tall glass. Add ice to fill. Garnish with whatever you want. I suggest a cherry.
It’s good. It’s not as good as the way I like them best, but it’s definitely good. Without the pineapple juice and grenadine, this version is significantly less sweet while still maintaining its overall character as a cool, refreshing drink perfect for a hot afternoon in the shade. So if you tend to dislike sweetness in your drinks, give this version a shot. Four livers.