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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Decatur

BBW

2 oz bourbon (Big Bottom)
3/4 oz fino sherry
1/2 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Chartreuse (green)
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash mole bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I came up with this cocktail while consulting for Big Botton Bourbon, a bottler and distiller based near Portland, Oregon. It was featured on the Metrovino menu.

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Naval Traditions

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1 3/4 oz aged rum
1/2 oz Cruzan Black Strap rum
1/2 oz turbinado syrup**
1/4 oz Islay Scotch
2 dashes spiced bitters
flamed orange bitters*, for garnish

Stir the first five ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame the bitters over the drink.

*Mix equal parts Regan’s orange bitters and 151-proof rum in a mister bottle and spray through a flame above the glass.

**Mix turbinado sugar with an equal volume of hot water. Chill and bottle.

(Note: The photo above is from a different cocktail that uses the bitters torch.)

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Wit-ty Flip

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1 1/2 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes allspice dram
1 whole egg
4 oz witbier
nutmeg, for garnish

Pour the beer into a pilsner or wine glass. Shake all the other ingredients hard with ice. Fine strain back into the mixing glass and then pour into the beer. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. (Pouring the heavier flip mixture into the beer rather than the other way around ensures that it mixes thoroughly.)

[Photo via the Drambuie Facebook page.]

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Pigou Club

Pigou

1 3/4 oz. London dry gin
3/4 oz. Combier Pamplemousse
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a twist of lime peel.

This is a simple variation on the Pegu Club made with Combier Pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur in place of the usual orange liqueur.

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Bamboo

1 1/2 oz dry sherry
1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
2 drops Angostura bitters
lemon peel, for garnish

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

This cocktail was created by bartender Louis Eppinger while he worked in Japan in the late 1800s and is featured in the excellent book Imbibe! by David Wondrich.

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