Vodka Classics: The Cook Strait Sling No. 2

In April, Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail led a seminar titled “Vodka Classics” at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, DC. Guests were treated to five different vodka cocktails prepared by the staff of The Passenger, led by co-owner Derek Brown.  Guests were served the Cook Strait Sling No. 2, the Moscow Mule, the Vesper, the Caipiroska and the Cosmopolitan.

Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Phil began with the Cook Strait Sling No. 2, a cocktail he created using 42 Below Vodka from New Zealand. He presented this variation on the original version of the Straits Sling, which later became known as the Singapore Sling.  Phil noted that the first documented reference to the word “cocktail” in May of 1806 described it as a “bittered sling,” in other words, a sling (spirit, water, and sugar), but with bitters added.  The cocktail was first defined as a “stimulating liquor, composed of any kind, sugar, water and bitters is vulgarly called a bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.” The quote refers to a popular campaign tactic used by politicians to lure voters to their rallies.

The Cook Strait Sling No. 2

  • 1.5 oz 42 Below Vodka
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz Cherry Heering Liqueur
  • ¾ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters

Shake all ingredients on ice, strain and top with seltzer.


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