The History of and How to Make a Singapore Sling

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The last time I was at the Raffles Hotel I was pregnant, so no Singapore Sling for me. This time, I sat on the Garden Patio and sipped one after shopping at the arcade. The Singapore Sling was created upstairs in the Long Bar, but I prefer the outside seating when the weather cooperates.

According to the Raffles Hotel, here’s how the Singapore Sling came to be:

“The Singapore Sling was created at the Raffles Hotel at the turn of the century by Hainanese-Chinese bartender, Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon.

In the hotel’s museum, visitors may view the safe in which Mr. Ngiam locked away his precious recipe books, as well as the Sling recipe hastily jotted down on a bar chit in 1936 by a visitor to the Hotel who asked a waiter for it.

Originally the Singapore Sling was meant as a woman’s drink, hence the attractive pink colour. Today, it is very definitely a drink enjoyed by all, without which any visit to the Raffles Hotel is incomplete.”

Amen to that.  If you make your Singapore Sling according to these instructions, realize that has a lot of alcohol.  It won’t taste like it does though.

Raffles Hotel Singapore Sling Recipe
1 oz (30 ml) Gin
1/2 oz (15 ml) Cherry Brandy
4 oz (120 ml) Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz (15 ml) Lime Juice
1/4 oz (7.5 ml) Cointreau
1/4 oz (7.5 ml) Dom Benedictine
1/3 oz (10 ml) Grenadine
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Mix well.

And, in case you’re wondering, this little gem cost S$25 plus service and GST tax. That makes it about $25 USD per Singapore Sling. But, if you’re in luxury hotels in Singapore, drinks are expensive. It’s worth it, however, as a Sling this delicious stateside is hard to come by.

Have you had a good Singapore Sling in the US? Where?

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4 Comments

  1. Mary
    July 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    Haven’t had one in the US, but I did at Raffles in Singapore! And yes, it was $25

  2. February 18, 2013 at 10:48 am — Reply

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  3. […] at are rich with history and have been around long enough to have a vintage luggage labels. The Raffles Hotel in Singapore (link opens to the recipe for their famous Singapore Sling) has numerous vintage luggage labels, […]

  4. June 20, 2011 at 2:21 am — Reply

    The recipe looks like it should be really delicious, too expensive for me. However should I get to Singapore this year I will definitely have one there. Thanks for the recipe!

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