Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Domaine de Canton Cocktail Advances to 42 Below Cocktail World Cup D.C. Regionals!

Meet the Cook Strait Sling

Almost 100 years ago, a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon created a drink that would become world famous, the Singapore Sling.  Also known as the Straits Sling, it was named for the Straits of Singapore, the connecting body of water between Singapore and Malaysia to the north, and Indonesia to the south.

The featured drink of this blog posting was inspired by an early version of the Straits Sling, which contained only gin, lemon juice, two types of bitters, Benedictine, and seltzer water.  We're proud to say that the Cook Strait Sling has advanced to the Capitol Region Finals of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup Competition. 

Since this competition is sponsored by 42 Below Vodka, a fine product of New Zealand, this drink was named for Cook Strait, the water passage separating the two main islands of New Zealand, the North Island and the South Island. 

It's easy to make, here's how:

The Cook Strait Sling

1.5 oz 42 Below Vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Cherry Heering Cherry Liqueur
3/4 oz Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters 

Shake well with ice, strain into highball glass filled with ice, then add 2 oz seltzer water back into shaker, swirl it around in ice, then top off the drink with it. Stir, serve, enjoy.