Bittered Gin Sling
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Bittered Gin Sling
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4.31 / 5
The Bittered Gin Sling is a classic cocktail known for its complex and bold flavors. It originated in the late 19th century and has since become a popular choice among ... more The Bittered Gin Sling is a classic cocktail known for its complex and bold flavors. It originated in the late 19th century and has since become a popular choice among gin lovers. The cocktail is made with a combination of lemon juice, gin, soda water, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters, and red vermouth. The lemon juice adds a tangy and refreshing element, while the gin brings a sharp and juniper-forward taste. The dash of Angostura bitters adds a bitter and spicy kick to balance out the sweetness of the sugar syrup and vermouth. Overall, the Bittered Gin Sling is a well-balanced and sophisticated cocktail, perfect for sipping on a warm evening.
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(1930)
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Gin
Garnish
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Lime, cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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7.23% | 2.17 units *
Details
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Classic
Shaken

Highball glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
Top up Top up Top up
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
Dash Dash Dash
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bittered Gin Sling is a beautifully layered cocktail that enthralls with its intelligent balance of sweet, sour, and bitter profiles. The juniper notes of the gin intricately weave through the tartness of the lemon and the complex vermouth, while Angostura bitters give it a captivating spicy undercurrent, making it an enduring choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and history.

Method
How to make a Bittered Gin Sling

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients except the soda water in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top up with soda water
Garnish with a lime wedge and a cherry, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Gin Sling, and how does the Bittered Gin Sling differ?

The Gin Sling is a traditional cocktail that originated in the 18th century as a long drink made primarily with gin and water, sweetened and flavored. The Bittered Gin Sling is a variation that includes the addition of Angostura bitters and red vermouth, providing a more complex and nuanced flavor profile compared to the classic version.

FAQ

Can I use any type of gin for the Bittered Gin Sling?

Yes, you can use any type of gin for the Bittered Gin Sling, but the choice of gin can alter the flavor of the cocktail. A London Dry Gin is traditionally used for its crisp and juniper-forward flavor, which balances well with the bitterness and sweetness of the other ingredients. However, feel free to experiment with different gins to suit your taste preferences.

FAQ

What is the purpose of the Angostura bitters in the cocktail?

Angostura bitters act as a flavor enhancer, adding a complex layer of botanical, herbaceous, and slightly spicy notes to the Bittered Gin Sling. It complements the gin and vermouth, bringing depth to the cocktail and balancing the sweetness of the sugar syrup and the tartness of the lemon juice.

FAQ

Is the Bittered Gin Sling suitable for those who prefer less alcoholic cocktails?

Yes, the Bittered Gin Sling, with an alcohol content of 7.23%, can be considered a relatively low-alcohol cocktail compared to stronger spirits and cocktails. Its refreshing nature, complemented by soda water and the presence of non-alcoholic ingredients, makes it a good choice for those seeking a milder yet flavorful drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should the Bittered Gin Sling be served for the best taste?

The Bittered Gin Sling should be served cold in a highball glass. It's typically prepared by shaking the ingredients with ice, except the soda water, and then straining into the glass. Topping it up with soda water and adding a dash of Angostura bitters before serving ensures a refreshing, well-balanced cocktail. The inclusion of ice and a lemon slice or zest as garnish can also enhance the serving appeal and taste.

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