Chilled Drink of the Week: Siberian Sling

The Spirit of Adventurous Mixing with Mamont Vodka.

Recently, I am fascinated with aperitif cocktails that are typically sipped before a meal. The traditional practice of sipping a neat, chilled glass of Mamont with cured fish or charcuterie in Siberia quickly made me think of a trip to Spain, and how sherry was similarly utilized. I decided to put the two together to create a version of a Bittered Sling in the style of an Old Fashioned or Sazerac, but keeping the flavors subdued. In this way, they might accentuate the saltiness or richness of the food eaten with it.

Siberian Sling cocktail, cocktail and bottle

Siberian Sling

Photo by Eugene Lee | Photographed at General Lee’s, Los Angeles

Siberian Sling

By Christopher Day


  • 1 1/2 oz. Mamont Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Suze Gentian Aperitif
  • 1/4 oz. Lustau Fino Jarana
  • 1/4 oz. Honey Syrup*
  • Pinch Salt
  • Grapefruit Twist

Preparation: Build all ingredients in a mixing glass except for the twist. Stir with cracked ice until sufficiently chilled, and strain over a large rock in a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

*Honey Syrup

3 parts clover honey to 1 part water

Meet Christopher Day

CHILLED 100 Member, Los Angeles

Christopher is a native Angelino with a background in Organic Chemistry (MS, UCLA). He has bartended at multiple Los Angeles bars and restaurants (Honeycut, Sotto, Cole’s, General Lee’s Chinatown, and Redbird, to name a few) for over 12 years. While comfortable with advanced techniques and tricks of the trade, he veers towards classic cocktails, both for refreshment and developing new recipes. He prefers to allow the spirits and their histories to speak for themselves.

Christopher Day – Chilled 100 Member, Los Angeles

Photo by Eugene Lee | Photographed at General Lee’s, Los Angeles