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Day 294, Cocktail 293

Yes, I’ve fallen a bit behind with the posts…not the drinks, mind you, just the posts.  This post actually harks back to last Sunday (and you thought I was going to write the herald angels sing, didn’t you!). 

So, last Sunday I was at a bit of a loss so I picked up the Ultimate Bar Book and just started thumbing through the gin section.  I came across the Guggenheim, which fit my needs for something relatively simple and for which I had everything on hand.  It also kind of fit the stream of consciousness motif I’ve been in.  You see, this is a variant on a cocktail known as the Between the Sheets, which is itself a variant of the classic Singapore Sling


  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz Cointreau

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill and combine.  Strain into a chilled coupe.  No garnish necessary.

A nice cocktail.  The orange of the Cointreau takes control of the flavor profile while the brandy and florals of the gin (I used Beefeater) played supporting roles.  Not too boozy, not too fruity, this one is just right.


Day 162, Cocktails 157 & 158

The local Newcomer’s International Dining group has been offering me new cocktail opportunities for several years now.  Usually we have enough couples participating each month to do it at one of the member’s home with everyone bringing a dish.  This month, though, the attendance was light so the group decided to dine out.  Bingo, a cocktail adventure in the making!

We had dinner at a south side Mexican restaurant.  The food was very good, but unfortunately the cocktails did not match the quality of the dinner.  I had what was listed on the menu as a Polamos cocktail.  I asked our waitress what was in it and she told that it was tequila (Don Julio to be exact) with sour and lime juice.  It sounded like the tequila version of a whiskey sour, so I gave it a whirl.  It was served on the rocks with a salted rim and tasted like, well a mediocre restaurant margarita.  A lackluster start to the evening as far as cocktails are concerned.

My fortunes were soon to improve.  After dinner Gwen convinced our group to head over to the Foundation Bar for more fun and cocktails.   You regular readers already know that this is one of my favorite bars in Milwaukee and always provides a new cocktail experience.  Tonight was no exception.  After perusing the speciality cocktail menu I settled on the Pirate’s Grog.  Served in a you get to keep it ceramic pirate head glass it features Coruba dark rum along with Bacardi 151 and a light rum.  There is also apricot brandy and a couple of fruit juices (pineapple and orange, I believe) and a couple of secret spices.  This is a delicious drink with the flavor of the Coruba rum really coming through.  It’s bold and slightly spicy and I really enjoyed it.

After finishing off the Pirate’s Grog I had another classic, the Singapore Sling.  Since I’ve previously posted the Singapore Sling here I won’t go into all the details.  Suffice it to say that the Foundation Bar uses the original 1910 recipe from the Raffles Bar in Singapore.  This is a classic and is a quite a treat.


Day 41, Cocktails 34 and 35

While sitting around this afternoon contemplating how to get caught up on my cocktails I pulled my copy of The Cocktail Bible off the shelf.  As I flipped through the classics section I came upon the Singapore Sling.  I’ve never had a Singapore Sling I thought to myself…well, no time like the present!

  Singapore Sling

  • 1 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/8 oz grenandine
  • seltzer water

Place several ice cubes in a shaker.  Add the gin, brandy, lemon juice and grenadine.  Shake well to mix.  Pour into a rocks glass half full with ice cubes.  Top with seltzer water and garnish with a lime peel and cocktail cherries.

To be honest, I wasn’t wild with this one.  It may be because I used Kirschwasser as my cherry brandy.  This is a German style brandy that borders on the harsh and is not at all sweet.

However, undaunted, I decided to try a variant using Heering cherry liqueur in place of the brandy.

  Heering Singapore Sling

  • 1 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/4 oz Heering cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup
  • seltzer water

Combine the gin, Heering, lemon juice, and bar syrup in a shaker with ice cubes.  Shake well to combine.  Strain into a rocks glass about 1/2 full of ice cubes.  Top with seltzer water and garnish with a cherry and lemon peel.

This was a better effort than the original Singapore Sling, but still not quite right.  I had actually cut the Heering in half from my first version, but I think this one still needs some tweaking.  Give it a shot, put your twist on it and let me know what you come up with.