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Western Sling

The Western Sling cocktail is an easy-going fruity drink featuring three ounces pineapple juice – and most of an ounce of simple syrup, too. But it’s not as sweet as it sounds, because there’s also lemon juice and gin.

Western Sling drink with pineapple wedge

It’s a variation on the Singapore Sling, and like the Singapore, the alcohol in it can sneak up on you while you’re enjoying the fruity easy-goingness.

If you drink this one sitting down, you may be in for a surprise when you go to stand up. It’s what we call a stealth drink.

Overhead view of Western Sling drink next to pineapple on plate
Full-length view of Western Sling drink next to pineapple on plate


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce cherry brandy
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2/3 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice

Shake all the ingredients together well and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. For garnish, you can use any or all of the following: a pineapple wedge, an orange slice, a maraschino cherry, a lemon twist or colorful straws.