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This is a late-19th-century sling recipe that the author served for years at the Rainbow Room with great success. The ladies from the photo-editing department of the Associated Press next door were especially fond of this recipe. The cocktail was first described in print as a bittered sling. Before the addition of bitters, a sling was spirits, sugar water and sometimes lemon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (see related tip at right)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Ice as needed
  • Soda water as needed
  • Lemon-peel spiral for garnish (see related tip at
      right)

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, vermouth, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and ice. Shake, then strain over ice into a collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon-peel spiral. Serves 1.

Adapted from The Craft of the Cocktail, by Dale DeGroff (Clarkson Potter, 2002).