Singapore Slings

Hello everyone! This post has been sitting in the drafts box and has been ready to go for a long time coming! So, without further ado – the Singapore Sling!

In March of 2011, my good friend Dirdo and I went to Singapore to visit our friend Heather, who was studying at NTU. Amongst all of our adventures traipsing through the city and taking a million touristy pictures (okay, maybe mostly just me!), one place we made sure to stop was Raffles Hotel for their signature Singapore Slings.

Singapore Slings at the Raffles Hotel

A quick bit of history: the first Singapore Sling was created at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel around 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon (嚴崇文). The original recipe has since been lost, but the current version is still tropical, still gorgeous, and still a delectable drink!

We plunked ourselves down at the outdoor bar at Raffles after a long day of exploring the city and decided that we had to treat ourselves to a Singapore Sling. Even though it was 25 SGD + 5 tip. The wallet hurt a little bit, but oh, it was so worth it!

No mixes or any of that nonsense – good fruit juices and liquor, then shake, shake, shake, shake!

Us with our Singapore Slings!

I can’t remember the exact recipe followed by the bartender, but here’s one of the best I’ve found:

Glass: Sling (or Collins, if you’re not fully stocked =D)
Garnish: Maraschino cherry, pineapple

1 oz Gin (Sapphire)
1/2 oz Cherry Brandy (Heering cherry liqueur)
3 oz Pineapple juice (fresh, if possible)
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Grenadine (I like homemade =D)
Fill with club soda

Shake all ingredients (except soda) with ice then strain into glass with crushed ice – fill with club soda and garnish with fruit!

Use the good shit. It’ll be better. I promise =)


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