Once an entire category of drinks, the sling has since faded mostly into obscurity, with only the Singapore Sling being relatively known. The Straits Sling is more likely the original Singapore Sling, the latter coming about by a misrepresentation of one of its ingredients, cherry brandy. In the original recipe for the Straits Sling, Cocktails and How to Mix Them (1922 – Robert Vermeire), he calls for “dry cherry brandy”. This ingredient was switched up for the sweeter, more colorful cherry brandy, or more specifically, cherry liqueur on a brandy base. However, cherry eau de vie, (an actual distillate of cherries) is actually what was being specified. This drink was lost to obscurity simply because of a misunderstanding of ingredients, and it’s a shame because this version is far tastier than the Singapore Slings being served today.

Straits Sling
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Kirschwasser
1/2 oz Benedictine
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
2 dashes Orange Bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Soda Water