11 October 2013

Spotlight: The perfect Singapore Sling: Gardel's Bar: Sydney

I'm a sucker for a Singapore Sling but I don't often order one as it's hard to get right. Too often I've been stuck with an artificial, bright red, cherry concoction that I somehow have to covertly throw into a unsuspecting pot plant.

My most memorable Singapore Sling was from The Jazzy Brick in Vientiane, a cocktail bar run by a Laotian bloke who studied in Australia.  It was boozy, tart, sweet- heaven in a glass. Unfortunately Laos is a touch too far to travel for a fix so I am delighted to have discovered somewhere a little closer to home.

Gardel's Bar in Surrey Hills, upstairs from Porteño, is the perfect place to lounge back, sip cocktails and nibble on some pinxtos whilst waiting for a table downstairs or just because. It's relaxed, the service is attentive and the drinks are sensational.

My Singapore Sling came adorned with a slice of orange, a fresh cherry and a colourful cocktail brolly. The glass it was served in was beautiful.  A Singapore Sling contains gin, benedictine, cherry brandy, Cointreau, grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice and a dash of bitters- that's a whole lotta ingredients to mix just right.  But mix them right they did. Gardel's Bar did a stellar job of creating a drink which is tangy, sweet and sour. It leaves you wanting more. 

Now, how can I get myself to the Raffles Hotel?

Good to know:

Singapore Sling $18

Gardel's Bar
358 Cleveland Street
Surrey Hills
Tuesday to Saturday 6:00pm to midnight

The Jazzy Brick
No 34/1 Ban Xieng Gneun
Setthathirath Road

Image: TB Southam
Gardel's Bar at Porteño on Urbanspoon


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