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Singapore Sling

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  • Prep 5min
  • Total5min
  • Servings1

This is very close to the original recipe--not a simplified sling! Developed by a bartender at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around 1915, this classic cocktail has clearly stood the test of time.MORE+LESS-

ByTBSP Nate

Updated June 18, 2015

Ingredients

3

oz unsweetened pineapple juice

Steps

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  • 1

    Shake the pineapple juice, gin, lime juice, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine™, Cointreau™, and bitters with ice.

  • 2

    Strain into a highball glass.

  • 3

    Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry on a toothpick.

Nutrition Information

No nutrition information available for this recipe


Original Singapore Sling

This is an elaborate and expensive cocktail that the Raffle’s Hotel in Singapore claims to be the ‘original’ recipe, but no one is really 100% sure. Some say this drink is actually a Straights Sling. All debating aside, out of respect for the hotel that created it, this is their current recipe.

This is a very complex recipe, using ingredients, that many restaurants, pubs and bars do not have on hand. For the union standard recipe that’s used by most bars, refer to the simple Singapore Sling recipe.

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Singapore Sling

Iconic, bright and fruity, ideal for when you want a tropical twist and some escapism.

The Singapore Sling was the go to cocktail for ladies at the start of the 20th Century. The drink is a leggy, vibrant-pink damsel with a fruity taste and a mid-summer vibe.

Garnish with just a cherry for that high-society vibe, or tone down the fancy-pants look with a cocktail umbrella and a sparkly straw. Your drink, your call.

  • 35 ml Gin
  • 120 ml Fresh pineapple juice
  • 15 ml Cherry brandy liqueur
  • 15 ml Fresh lime juice
  • 10 ml Benedictine D.O.M.
  • 10 ml Cointreau
  • 10 ml Grenadine
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Sparkling Water
  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Hurricane glass and top up with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with some fresh fruit.

An abridged, inebriated history:

The Singapore Sling as it is known today, was created by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon in the Raffles Hotel at the start of the 20th Century. (One of the earliest references to a sling is from 1897, almost 20 years before the Raffles created their famous version). His clientele were a glamorous and well-heeled bunch and were rightly appreciate of this now classic cocktail, which was very much geared towards the female market. Following the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, it was common to see the gentlemen nursing glasses of gin or whisky. Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette dictated they could not consume alcohol in public, and for the sake of public modesty, fruit juices and teas were their preferred beverage. The young Ngiam thus saw a niche in the market and decided to create a cocktail that looked like a fruit juice… The rest, as they say, is history.

Established in 1887, Raffles was once the ultimate holiday residence for the rich and famous. The fashionable décor, tropical gardens and exotic touch appealed to wealthy travellers, and provided a more British respite from it’s South-East Asia location.

The Long Bar Ngiam worked in was equally charming, with illustrations of flapper girls and suited young men adorning the walls. Today’s tourists flock to the bar to stake a claim in the history of a place that played host to Charlie Chaplin, W. Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward, amongst many other famous faces.

The original recipe was lost in the 1930s, causing dispute over what makes an authentic Singapore Sling and – as with most, if not all historic cocktails – there is dispute over what formula is exact and whether or not pineapple juice should be included. The only constant factor seems to be the dash of Benedictine.

In recent years, London based Gin makers Sipsmith have created a limited edition gin especially for the Raffles Hotel, along with a signature serve that hopes to re-engage new patrons with the historic recipe by adapting it to modern tastes.


Pro Tips to Help you!

  • The best options for a cherry liqueur, cherry brandy are known as kirsch and Cherry Heering.
  • If you like, you can float the cherry liquor on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon after adding the soda.
  • You can vary the sweetness of the simple syrup. The recipe’s 1/4-ounce pour should be good with a rich(2:1) simple syrup. When using a syrup made with equal parts of sugar and water, you may want to add a little more.

Making Your Own

We believe that a drink with so many ingredients and influences is ripe for personalization. At best, this cocktail is complex, so be careful and try not to get too bogged down with ingredients–and keep everything as fresh as possible. We have done our best to find a basic recipe that suits experimentation.

Most versions of the original cocktail are based on remembered notes and flavors, relying heavily on nostalgia. And many of the modern versions are of the very sweet vacation variety, so we have opted to focus on more nuanced and herbal recipes for our iteration. The recipe provided below is as close to the classic as we could find and has a ton of fruit flavor with nice notes of herbs from the gin and liqueur. Try it out and then run free with your own ideas.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 1/4 ounce Bénédictine
  • 1/4 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Club soda, to top
  • Garnish: cherry
  • Garnish: orange slice

How To Make It

  1. Add the Grand Marnier, gin, herbal liqueur, cherry liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice, and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass over fresh ice, and top with the club soda. A highball glass is traditional.
  3. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice on the rim.

This is one complex cocktail with an even more complicated history. But for what it lacks in simplicity it makes up for in deliciousness. Try this recipe on your own and let us know what unique twists you enjoy adding!


Chocolate Sling

This delicious Sling version surely combines the best of both worlds for chocolate lovers!

What you'll need:
40ml True Heritage Brew Singapore Sling Original Mix,
30ml Baileys Irish Cream,
40ml Pineapple Juice,
300ml High Ball Glass,
& About 5 Ice Cubes.

Suggested Garnish:
Pineapple Wedge or Cherry on a cocktail pick.

Method:
Pour all ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
Strain into the glass.
Complete with garnish.


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1) Pour all these ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add some ice cubes inside. Shake it for 15 seconds.

2) Strain the drink with a cocktail strainer into a highball glass.

3) You can decorate your tiki cocktail with a cherry or a pineapple.

Even if you become a pro in making Singapore Sling, don’t forget to drink it in any bar when you come to Singapore. Singapore Sling cocktail is a must try in Singapore and every travel agent will mention it to their clients. But don’t drink it too fast. Relax and enjoy it. This tiki cocktail can be with you for the whole evening.


Singapore Sling

Created at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the 1910's.

This recipe is a more modern adaptation. The original recipe is based on pineapple juice instead of Sprite (among other changes).

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Superb summer "refresher". Very fruity, with just the right amount of "sour". I can definitely see this being sipped on a summer's afternoon waiting for the B-B-Q. If you don't have lemon & Lime (such as sprite or 7 up) just go with lemonade, and add a lime wheel to the drink.

Comment by stul on 2013-02-24 08:36:45

I always used Cherry Brandy, Grenadine and a dash of angostura bitters. I also use ginger ale instead of 7 up

Comment by RachaelRaines on 2012-10-25 17:50:32

Added by David on 2008-12-07 12:35:42
Last updated on 2009-09-26 11:07:56
Status: Approved


Singapore Sling in long-drink and hurricane glasses.

Long-drink and hurricane glasses are most appropiate for Singapore Sling. Cocktail cherry and orange garnish is ideal for Singapore Sling. A straw is a great help to drink it, because of the decoration and the crushed ice, black ones are most suitable.

A good presentation and an adequate environment are as important as the taste of cocktails. Use our decoration tool to test different decorations and glasses.


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