Originally published Aug 20, 2012
You should know by now that Green Chartreuse is one of my favorite spirits. This is a fickle spirit that is beyond my knowledge and is something that I always try to coax advice out of bartenders. Despite my love for Chartreuse, I have been flirting with rum based drinks. To be more specific regarding rum, rum based tiki drinks with lots of crushed ice is my new fling. Obnoxious garnish with more plants than a farmer's market delicately resting on top of the drink with trepidation does not scare me. I'm comfortable with my sexuality and could care less what the uneducated think. These drinks contains ingredients that are just not in my cabinet nor do I want to spend the time to make the pineapple syrup or miscellaneous fresh ingredient. For whatever reason, bartenders love tiki drinks and are fond of my 'ice breaking rum based tiki drink' questions.
So after ordering a Green Chartreuse Smash from Maude's, I used the lull in action to ask the bartender if he had time to freestyle and make me his favorite rum based tiki drink. Now that I remember that night, this was his second tiki drink that he made for me. (the first one was too complicated for me to remember) Imagine my surprise when he pulls out a Singapore Sling but then informs me that he used Green Chartreuse. Once again my head explodes.
Reading 'The Essential Bartender's Guide' by Robert Hess, the Singapore Sling was mentioned on page 195. (I mentioned that book in my starter kit, which you should have purchased by now)
"The Singapore Sling was created by Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around 1915.................................The recipe listed here is what has been the official recipe since around 1930."
1.5 ounce gin
1/2 ounce Cherry Herring
1/4 ounce Cointreau
1/4 ounce Benedictine
4 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/3 ounce grenadine
Dash of bitters
Shake the above ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins glass with crushed ice.
The above is what Hess describes a Singapore Sling. Below is Andrew from Maude's riff on it:
·remove the Benedictine from the recipe and replace with 1/4 ounce of Green Chartreuse
·obviously they did not use the store bought grenadine, you can make that from scratch
·the bitters used was angostura, or so I think
·the gin used was nothing special, but since I am a homer....use North Shore #6, but since this is a classic drink go for the Plymouth gin
·the amount of pineapple juice listed here seems like too much, oh and buy those little cans of pineapple juice
Keep this drink firmly in your summer top 10, it really will not disappoint and will win over your friends that are scared of mixed drink.
One last comment: these tiki drinks are dangerous. The pineapple can at times mask the liquor; perhaps that is a sign that too much was used in the mixture. Try to limit yourself and be careful when imbibing on these. My personal limit is typically capped at a hard stop at three drinks. I find it humorous that some readers feel strongly that I am up all night drinking and partying because of the subject matter of this blog. The opposite is actually true and I steadfastly honor and believe in my Grandfather’s theory that nothing good happens after midnight. Lastly, you will never hear me say that these drinks do a great job because they will ‘f*ck you up’. Use that as a warning sign that the group you are with are a band of miscreants that will end the night with at least one bad decision.
Thank you Andrew from Maude's Liquor bar for this riff on a classic Singapore Sling.