Singapore Sling

1 oz gin
½ oz Peter Heering Cherry Heering
¼ oz Paula’s Texas Orange
¼ oz Bénédictine D.O.M.
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
½ oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
a dash Angostura bitters
an orange peel for garnish
a maraschino cherry for garnish

This cocktail has gotten a bad rap over the years, but, done correctly, it is a delicious sophisticated summer cooler. You probably already know the drink’s name derives from its invention at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the über-stylish hangout for ex-pats in the early 1900s. The story goes that the innocuous looking drink was made for English ladies who were not to be seen drinking in public. There are a couple of distinctive ingredients here that can’t be substituted, but are worth seeking out to augment your liquor cabinet: Peter Heering’s is by far the best cherry liqueur, and Bénédictine has a unique herb flavor profile from a centuries-old recipe.

Combine the gin, Cherry Heering, Paula’s Texas Orange, Bénédictine, pineapple and lime juices, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice and shake well. Strain into a highball glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.