Bottoms Up, Singapore!

In case you just came back from an alternate universe, there's this summit thing going on in Singapore (it would take too long to explain here, look it up), and we'll be all over it Tuesday morning, starting at 5 am.

On a lighter note...

The weather in Singapore is quite hot and humid -- not unusual in that part of the world -- and everyone participating in, covering, or just hanging around the summit could probably use some liquid relief.

President Trump eschews alcoholic beverages -- and there's something to be said for that -- but those who lack that strength of character and willpower will likely turn to this famous Singapore concoction:

Legend has it that the Singapore Sling was first mixed by a bartender at Singapore's historic Raffles Hotel (it's still there, in the midst of a full restoration) around 1915. The drink is synonymous with the history of Singapore and that landmark establishment.

While there are variations on the mix (some add a splash of Cointreau liqueur), this seems to be a pretty standard formula, according to

  • Fill a Collins glass with 1 cup ice and set aside in the freezer.
  • Combine gin, cherry-flavored brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. ...
  • Garnish with slice of pineapple and a cherry. 

(Your mileage may vary.)

Incidentally, I don't know if Kim Jong-un indulges, but there are countless rumors about how the much the North Korean elite really enjoys booze, especially the good Western stuff... so maybe Supreme Leader will cool off with one of these after he gets done sparring with President Trump.

Of course, by the time this is over, all of us might need a drink!

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