So the Singapore Sling may not be as familiar to you as a Martini or a Manhattan but for those that have lived and traveled to the city-state, it is a must. And since the odds of any of us going to Singapore anytime soon is slim to zero, why not recreate the cocktail in the confines of your home bar?? Ill drink to that! 🥂
When doing some research, who knew that it was made for women? The original Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by head bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, who worked at the Long Bar at the famous Raffles Hotel. Given its bright pink color, it was created namely for women and back then it was frowned upon for "ladies" to drink booze in public. Therefore, Ngiam saw an opportunity to use a clear liquor (gin) and mask it as a fruit punch. Since then, it has gained popularity with both men and women - at the Raffles Hotel, they go through 1000s of bottles of gin just for this drink!
Here is the original recipe of the Singapore Sling from the Long Bar at Raffles
- 1 oz (30 ml) Gin (Gordon's was the original, but use your favorite!)
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Cherry Brandy (we like Herring)
- 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 (French Herbal Liqueur - this is a must)
- 1/3 oz (10 ml) Grenadine
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
- Mix well
- Garnish with a maraschino cherries and pineapple wedge, if you like.
You are now on your way to feeling the warm tropical breezes of Southeast Asia with this cocktail and impressing your guests with your knowledge and know-how on making this classic drink. Cheers to you!
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