A friend Skyped me from Singapore yesterday evening, where she was on assignment for her magazine based in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia, to visit and review a spa–nice work if you can get it.
Her call and location brought to mind the world-famous cocktail created in 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese-Chinese bartender working at Raffles Hotel, Singapore:
1 msr gin
1 msr cherry brandy
1/2 msr Cointreau
1 msr line juice
1 msr pineapple juice
1 msr orange juice
1/4 msr grenadine
1 teaspoon Benedictine
1 dash Angostura
Share and strain into a glass filled with broken ice, sprinkle the Benedictine on top. Garnish: slice of pineapple and a cherry. Voila: you’ve got a Singapore Sling.
Admittedly that long list of ingredients could be hard for most people to proffer–I looked in my drinks cabinet last night, with cocktails on the brain, and had to make do with a gin and tonic.
Another cocktail that’s easier to make, and one of my favourites–ok, mostly because of the name rather than the taste–is the following:
1 msr vodka
3/4 msr Southern Comfort
3/4 msr sloe gin
5 msr orange juice
Share and strain into a glass filled with broken ice. Garnish: cherry. That will give you the indomitable cocktail known as a Slow Comfortable Screw.
If 1/2 msr Galliano is sprinkled on top, it becomes a Slow Comfortable Screw Against the Wall.
Now that’s a cocktail.