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This classic is named for the hotel where it was invented.
Pour the gin, Bénédictine and cherry brandy into a sling or highball glass.
Fill with ice and top with club soda.
Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink, drop it into the glass and stir.
Garnish with a cherry.
This recipe is adapted from The Gentlemans Companion by Charles H. Baker, Jr.
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So this is my most hated drink to make! Only because for years I've been chasing "THE" recipe to find nothing tasty!
So many recipes combining pineapple and acidity, for me a big NO NO!
Then the idea of equal parts everything just drowns out the gin and leaves a cherry soda-ish flat line experience!
And then the over complicated several spirits or rum recipes!
Everyone should give up on this drink! From what I have experienced, so many clients are NOT asking for this drink! Apparently even raffles stopped serving this drink for a while!
Maybe they were known for serving a terrible signature cocktail!
Not the first or last!
To answer the question, the very first copies of Ngim Tong Boon's original recipe are as follows, I sourced this from the Bar manager of the long Bar at Raffles himself:
1.25 oz Gin (Hendricks works really well but Beefeater london dry gin was the original)
.25 oz Benedictine
.25 oz Cherry Heering
1 dash Angastura Bitters
.25 oz Grenadine
1 oz fresh Pineapple Juice
Mix all ingredients in a boston shaker with ice, sling the shaker over your shoulder once and then back down in one motion (hence the name sling and not shake!)
Pour into a highball or sling glass garnish with pineapple slice, cherry and orange zest.
It is one of the best Tiki drinks out there when made properly and is well deserved of its place in cocktail history
Darko, as you know, variations abound when it comes to classic recipes. Our recipe is based on the one in Charles H. Baker's 1939 The Gentleman's Companion. It does not call for either lime juice or bitters. What's the source of your recipe?
Awful--you guys should know better than this.
The proper recipe calls for equal parts gin, lime juice, benedictine, and cherry heering, and most importantly, Angostora bitters.
Between this and the lame MaiTai recipe you are losing all credibility.
Any plans on when The London Nº 1 will be available in the United States?
Interesting cocktail. :)
I'll give it a try and maybe mix it with The London Nº1 to see how it blends.
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