I'm extremely happy to say that I found my beloved Singapore Sling recipe last night. Had one of those instead of a Sidecar, actually, and it was just as delicious as I remembered it being, though complicated as hell to make. However, if you're feeling ambitious and have a perfectly ripe pineapple lying around, along with some really pretty expensive types of booze, then this is your cocktail. Happy holidays!
1 good-sized chunk of fresh, ripe pineapple
1 oz gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz cherry brandy (the real kind from somewhere in Europe, not the cheap stuff)
1/2 oz Cointreau
splash of simple syrup
splash of Benedictine
good quality ginger ale or ginger beer
Muddle the pineapple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 4 cubes of ice and all the rest of the ingredients except ginger ale. Shake to mix and chill. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with ginger ale. Float a little more cherry brandy and Benedictine on top and enjoy!
(Note: I don't know about the rest of you mamas out there, but I like a tasty cocktail during the long, pre-winter holiday nights. I'm going to try posting a recipe everyday because I do have lots. I promise they won't all contain gin.)