São Paulo Sling


by Raul Faria

The São Paulo sling was created for the BACKBAR USA Christmas party and was inspired by the flavor notes found in Leblon Cachaca and of course the cocktail classic Singapore Sling. Much like what is found in the flavor profile of the aforementioned original, I wanted a fun tropical cocktail that was easy to make but had complex and layered flavors. The original cocktail, the Singapore Sling has a bit of a muddy history in regards to its original recipe but we do know that it was created around 1915 at Raffles Hotel in Singapore by Bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. There are also two versions according to the Joy of Mixology by Gaz Regan. Both cocktails share Gin, Pineapple and cherry liqueur so they are still fairly similar. I chose to try and stay true to its tropical roots and add the bright, fresh, herbal, citrus and vanilla notes of the Leblon Cachaca. All right all you Paulistas out there, Let’s make a São Paulo Sling!

1) Lets get our tools together; we will need our Boston Shaker, our Hawthorne strainer, our barspoon, a jigger with a .75 oz and a .5 oz measure and a 14-16 oz Zombie or Collins glass. Our shopping list will include Leblon Cachaca, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Cherry Heering Cherry Liqueur, Fever Tree Tonic Water (Indian Tonic preferably), pineapple juice, limes, a pineapple and Maraschino cherries.

2) We can begin with our .5 oz of fresh lime juice. Now you can do this by squeezing directly into the jigger or you can squeeze it through a double-strainer ahead of time, into a separate container for later use and easy pouring.

3) Next up will be our 2 oz of pineapple juice

4) Now its time for the .75 oz of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. This is a funky addition to our cocktail that will provide our sweet element. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur is herbal and earthy with spice notes plus the sweetness of a liqueur. It is made from the Marasca cherry, stems and all, sweetened with honey then aged in ashwood vats.

5) Time for the star of the show, Leblon Cachaca. We are going to put 1.5 oz into our mixing glass. Leblon Cachaca is distilled from sugarcane juice. Fresh sugarcane juice. This stuff has to be pressed within 24 hours of being cut, Leblon does it within three. I believe this is why Leblon has such a big, fresh, fruity flavor. It is also distilled in alambique copper pot stills and then aged in XO Congac barrels. This artisanal method really sets it apart from other cachacas on the market.

6) Lets add ice to our mixing glass and shake! Strain into our chilled, iced 14-16 oz Zombie or Collins glass.

7) Top off with Fever Tree Tonic Water, about 1.5-2 oz. I prefer the Fever Tree Indian Tonic but both will work. Both are made with quinine obtained from the bark of the “Fever Trees” known as Chinchona. The Indian has more of a complimentary Floral pop in this particular cocktail but the Fever Tree Tonic Water will work just find and has a bit more bittering quinine and bright citrus flavor.

8) Give your São Paulo Sling a quick, light stir with your barspoon to distribute the ingredients and then float a barspoon of Cherry Heering Cherry Liqueur over the cocktail. Garnish with a picked pineapple wedge, half lime wheel and a Maraschino cherry. Saude!

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São Paulo Sling- 1.5 oz Leblon Cachaca, .75 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, .5 oz fresh lime juice, 2 oz pineapple juice, add ice, shake, strain into chilled, iced 14-16 oz Zombie or Collins glass, top off with Fever 1.5-2 oz Tree Indian Tonic Water, float barspoon of Cherry Heering and garnish with a picked pineapple wedge, lime wheel half and a Maraschino cherry.


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