The Singpaore Sling

The Singapore Sling is one of the world’s favourite cocktails, and regularly appears in the top-20 most requested mixed drinks globally.

For a hundred years it is a drink that has been closely associated with the Raffles Hotel of Singapore, it was after all said to have been created in the very same hotel by the bartender Ngiam Tong Boon sometime before 1915. Today many visitors to Singapore specifically visit the Raffles Hotel simply to have a Singapore Sling in the place of its inception.

It is of course not necessary to only drink a Singapore Sling in the Raffles Hotel or even in Singapore, and it is a drink that can replicated at home. That being said it is not the easiest of cocktails to mix, there being a relatively large number of ingredients to make use of.

-Ingredients for the Singapore Sling (one serving)

  • 1 ½ fluid ounces of gin
  • ½ fluid ounce of Heering Cherry Liqueur (cherry brandy)
  • ¼ fluid ounce of Cointreau
  • ¼ fluid ounce of DOM Benedictine
  • 4 fluid ounces of pineapple juice
  • ½ fluid ounce of fresh lime juice
  • ¼ fluid ounce of grenadine
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters

All of the ingredients listed above are poured into an ice cube filled cocktail shaker and the vigorously shaken together. The mixture is then strained into a Poco Grande or Collins glass, with the drink being served straight up. For finishing touches, garnishes of a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry are added.

The ingredients listed above are those that are quoted as being used in the Raffles Hotel. They may not be exactly the same as were used by Ngiam Tong Boon, as his original recipe was lost. Many people have their own variations on the recipe for the Singapore Sling, often making use of sweet and sour mix and club soda. The joy of cocktails is that they are open to interpretation and experimentation, and as long as the drinker enjoys the drink there is no right or wrong way to concoct it.

Making a Singapore Sling may take a little effort and time, but the drink is well worth it, and with glass in hand it can help time pass enjoyably.