The Singapore Sling is the king of tropical cocktails. It was created at Raffles Hotel in 1915, but its heyday was arguably in the 1950s and ’60s. Forget the overly sweet versions you may have encountered; the original is complex and refreshing, perfect for a sultry tropical day.
1.5 oz London Dry gin
0.25 oz cherry kirsch or maraschino liqueur
0.25 oz Cointreau
0.25 oz Bénédictine
0.25 oz grenadine
1 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz pineapple juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 oz soda water
Garnish: Brandied cherry, pineapple wedge and a sprig of mint
Pour all ingredients except soda and garnishes into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins or other tall glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a brandied cherry, a pineapple wedge and a mint sprig. Serves 1.