Straits Sling

2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon
1/2 oz kirsch
1/2 oz Benedictine
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes Angostura biters
soda water
cherry, for garnish

Shake all but the soda water with ice and strain into a wine glass or champagne flute. Top with a few ounces of soda water and garnish with a cherry or other fruit.

According to Ted Haigh in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, the Straits Sling is the predecessor to the Singapore Sling and first appeared in Robert Vermeire’s 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. It’s much drier than the Singapore Sling, thanks to the use of real cherry eau de vie rather than cherry liqueur. Go easy on the soda lest the drink become too thin.

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