Brandy Sling Cocktail Drink

Brandy Sling

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Brandy Sling Recipe

Savor the taste of summer with this uncomplicated Brandy Sling recipe! To perfection, the cocktail blends brandy, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

149 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Sugar: Add 1 tsp sugar to your highball glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour in ½ oz lemon juice.
  • Add Brandy: Measure and pour in 2 oz Brandy.
  • Add Soda Water: Top up with approx. 3 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently until well mixed.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon slice and cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you don't have brandy, you can use whiskey or rum as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice if needed. It will add a slightly different tanginess to the drink.
  • Sugar: If you're out of sugar, honey or agave syrup can be used as sweeteners. They will add their unique flavors to the cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Sling:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of lemon juice, and 8 tsp of sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute available in some specialty stores or online.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this classic cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Substitute: Ensure your sugar is vegan-friendly, as some sugars are processed using bone char. Alternatively, use agave syrup as a naturally vegan sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: With this minor adjustment, you can enjoy a vegan version of this delicious cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
149
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
19
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
18
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.04
mg
0
%

 

Brandy Sling Cocktail Drink

Brandy Sling Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Savor the taste of summer with this uncomplicated Brandy Sling recipe! To perfection, the cocktail blends brandy, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 149

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Sugar: Add 1 tsp sugar to your highball glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour in ½ oz lemon juice.
  • Add Brandy: Measure and pour in 2 oz Brandy.
  • Add Soda Water: Top up with approx. 3 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently until well mixed.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon slice and cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you don't have brandy, you can use whiskey or rum as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice if needed. It will add a slightly different tanginess to the drink.
  • Sugar: If you're out of sugar, honey or agave syrup can be used as sweeteners. They will add their unique flavors to the cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Sling:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of lemon juice, and 8 tsp of sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute available in some specialty stores or online.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this classic cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Substitute: Ensure your sugar is vegan-friendly, as some sugars are processed using bone char. Alternatively, use agave syrup as a naturally vegan sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: With this minor adjustment, you can enjoy a vegan version of this delicious cocktail.

What is a Brandy Sling?

A Brandy Sling is a spirit-based cocktail made of brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.  It’s relatively easy to make, as it only requires the ability to measure ingredients accurately and the skill to mix them effectively. The Brandy Sling is a variant of the well-known Sling cocktail, which can be made with various spirits. One interesting fact about this drink is that it dates back to the 18th century, making it one of the oldest known cocktails.

A side shot of a brandy Sling cocktail in a highball glass on a black coaster on a wooden table surrounded by a cocktail strainer, and a bar spoon

What is a Brandy Sling made of – The ingredients

To concoct your own Brandy Sling, assemble these ingredients:

  • Brandy: The cocktail’s base spirit provides a rich and warming flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy freshness to balance the sweetness and enhance the brandy’s flavor.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the cocktail, smoothing out the brandy’s strong taste.
  • Soda Water: Lightens the cocktail, adding effervescence and diluting the strong flavors slightly.
  • Lemon Slice and Cherry (for garnish): Enhances presentation and adds a hint of extra flavor.

Brandy, lemon juice, sugar in a bowl, lemon and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Brandy Sling?

Our clear instructions will teach you how to make a Brandy Sling step by step:

1
<p>Start by adding a teaspoon of sugar into a highball glass. This will add a touch of sweetness to the cocktail, rounding out the flavors.</p>

Start by adding a teaspoon of sugar into a highball glass. This will add a touch of sweetness to the cocktail, rounding out the flavors.

2
<p>Next, fill your glass with ice cubes.</p>

Next, fill your glass with ice cubes.

3
<p>Add ½ ounce of lemon juice. The citrus will add a refreshing tanginess that complements the richness of the brandy.</p>

Add ½ ounce of lemon juice. The citrus will add a refreshing tanginess that complements the richness of the brandy.

4
<p>Finally measure and pour 2 ounces of brandy into the glass. The brandy is the show's star in this cocktail, providing a rich, warming base.</p>

Finally measure and pour 2 ounces of brandy into the glass. The brandy is the show's star in this cocktail, providing a rich, warming base.

5
<p>Fill your glass with soda water.</p>

Fill your glass with soda water.

6
<p> Give it a good stir.</p>

Give it a good stir.

7
<p>For a finishing touch, garnish the cocktail with a lemon or a cherry slice. This makes the cocktail look more appealing, and the garnish can add a subtle extra layer of flavor.</p>

For a finishing touch, garnish the cocktail with a lemon or a cherry slice. This makes the cocktail look more appealing, and the garnish can add a subtle extra layer of flavor.

History and Origin

The Brandy Sling cocktail, a delightful blend of brandy, lemon juice, sugar, and water, has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. Its origin is deeply rooted in the American drinking culture.

The term ‘sling’ comes from the German word ‘schlingen’, which means ‘to swallow quickly’. In the early days, slings were simple concoctions of spirit, water, and sugar. They were popular among Americans who enjoyed their drinks straightforwardly and strongly.

The Brandy Sling emerged as a variation of this traditional drink. During the late 1700s, bartenders started experimenting with different spirits for their sling recipes. Brandy, with its smooth and robust flavor, became a favorite choice. The lemon juice added a refreshing twist to the otherwise potent mix.

A Brandy Sling cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Brandy, lemon juice, and soda water

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FAQ

How many calories does a Brandy Sling contain?
A standard serving of a Brandy Sling contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the brandy used and the amount of sugar added.
What is the alcohol content of a Brandy Sling?
The alcohol content of a Brandy Sling typically ranges from 10-20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 20-30 proof. This makes it a moderately light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brandy Sling?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used in a Brandy Sling is brandy. However, some recipes may include other spirits or liqueurs for added flavor.
In what type of glass is a Brandy Sling served?
A Brandy Sling is traditionally served in a highball glass or a sling glass.
What does a Brandy Sling taste like?
A Brandy Sling has a rich and complex flavor profile. It combines the warmth and depth of brandy with the sweetness of sugar and the tartness of lemon juice, resulting in a balanced and refreshing cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Brandy Sling?
The typical ratio for a Brandy Sling is two ounces of brandy, half ounce of lemon juice, a touch of sugar, and three ounces of soda water.. This can be adjusted according to personal preference.
How is a Brandy Sling served with ice?
A Brandy Sling is usually served over ice, meaning it's poured over ice cubes in the glass. This helps to chill the drink and dilute it slightly, enhancing its flavors.
Is there any historical significance to the Brandy Sling?
Yes, the Brandy Sling is one of the oldest known cocktails, with references dating back to the 18th century.
Can I make a Brandy Sling at home?
Absolutely! Making a Brandy Sling at home requires only a few ingredients: brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water. Mix them in the right proportions, serve over ice, and enjoy!
What are some good occasions for serving a Brandy Sling?
The Brandy Sling is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed on many occasions. Its refreshing taste makes it perfect for summer parties or barbecues.

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