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Cocktail Hour with Lisa Fox


I thought with Valentine’s Day coming, I might feature a sweet, red cocktail for this month’s edition of cocktail hour. I have a fondness for old-time drinks, so I thought a Singapore Sling would be the perfect drink for February.

As with most things in life, there is a complex way and a shortcut way to make a Singapore Sling. Both are good, but the traditional recipe requires a few more ingredients and bit more expense. I’m going to give you both recipes, and you can decide for yourself given your means and motivation, which version you’d like to make.

Easy Singapore Sling

1/2 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz gin
2 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz club soda
1/2 oz cherry brandy
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker expect for the soda, fill with ice and shake hard. Strain into a tall glass, add club soda and mix. Serve garnished with a cherry.


Traditional Singapore Sling

1 oz gin
1/2 oz cherry brandy
4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/4 oz Bénédictine
1/3 oz grenadine syrup
1 dash bitters
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, fill with ice and shake hard. Strain into a tall glass and garnish with a cherry.
No matter which way you make it, it is going to be awesome! So drink up and enjoy!

Author: Lisa Fox

World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

5 thoughts on “Cocktail Hour with Lisa Fox

  1. Mmm…I haven’t had one of these in a dogs age. I’m jotting down these recipes!

  2. Sigh. Just reading these recipes made my blood sugar go up. Lisa, I think I’ll stick with a good old fashioned Gin & Tonic. (With diet tonic water, because why should I be allowed anything interesting to eat or drink, ever?).

    Hit me. 🙂

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