since February 2009
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Strait's Sling Cocktail 26 May 2009
5:07 am

Oops! Typo!

That is “Straits”, not “straights”. From straits. (used with a singular verb) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.

From wikipedia: The Singapore Strait (or Straits of Singapore) is a 105-kilometer long, 16-kilometer wide strait between the Strait of Malacca in the west and the South China Sea in the east. Singapore is on the north of the channel and the Riau Islands are on the south.

The local paper in Singapore is The Straits Times.

If you’ve ever tried making the Singapore Sling from the recipe found on the Raffles Hotel Website, you know its not a very good drink.  Dale Degroff has a much better recipe - same ingredients, slightly different proportions. There is an excellent write up of the Straits Sling in ‘Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh.

Strait's Sling Cocktail 26 May 2009
6:34 am

I first had the drink at Raffles in the late 80s when Raffles was the classiest dump in South East Asia, and I loved it both the Long Bar and the drink.  I can’t say the same for the post renovation Raffles - which is an incredible building, much cleaner, but without much character.

What I *should have said* about the ‘official’ recipe is that in comparison to most of what passes for a Singapore Sling the classic is great.  After starting to take cocktails more seriously, I threw a party where first we served the Strait’s Sling, then the classic, then Dale’s recipe. I polled my 10 guests and everyone preferred Dale’s version to the ‘classic’ - in comparison the classic was a bit too sweet, a bit too heavy. So I’d say the classic is a A- and Dale’s is a A or A+ [Singapore Slings are such a crowd pleaser]. 

My cocktail library is in a couple boxes at the moment, I think the recipe is from ‘The Craft of the Cocktail’ which I value especially for the section on garnishes, my weakest point.  I haven’t got a copy of Essential Cocktail yet.

How to Make a Fat Zest Garnish 4 Mar 2009
7:17 am

excellent!  Its all really obvious once you’ve seen it, but thanks for showing it.

How to Make a Spiral Zest Garnish 25 Feb 2009
2:52 pm

Thanks. This kind of very practical stuff is gold! 

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