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Sip into Paradise – The Exotic Allure of the Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling – a cocktail that’s as exotic as its name suggests. This drink isn’t just a mix of ingredients; it’s a journey to a tropical paradise, a sip of history, and a testament to the art of mixology.

The Origin: A Cocktail with a Past

The Singapore Sling was born in the early 20th century at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. It started as a way for women to enjoy alcohol in public, disguised as a fruit juice. Little did he know, he was creating a timeless classic.

Singapore Sling Cocktail Recipe
Calories: 113kcal
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
The Singapore Sling is the epitome of tropical elegance, with a storied history dating back to the early 20th century at the Raffles Hotel's Long Bar in Singapore. Created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, this cocktail has seen countless variations over the years but has never lost its allure. Whether you prefer the authentic hand-shaken version or the more modern, fruit-punchy premix, there's a Singapore Sling for every palate. Crafting Your Timeless Singapore Sling This recipe stays true to the cocktail's classic spirit, balancing a variety of flavors without letting any one element take center stage.

Ingredients

Granish

  • Orange Slice
  • Cherry

Instructions

  • Combine the gin, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, Heering cherry liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and bitters in a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with chilled club soda.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Notes

Pro Tips and Variations
Historical Note: The earliest written record of the Singapore Sling recipe can be found in "The Savoy Cocktail Book" published in 1930.
Modern Twists: The Singapore Sling is ripe for experimentation. Feel free to adjust the herbal liqueurs or citrus elements to your liking.
Fun Fact: Even the famous Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel serves two versions of this classic—the authentic hand-shaken version and a premixed variant. The former is hailed as a masterclass in balanced flavors.

Estimated Nutrition:

Serving: 1gCalories: 113kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 10g (3%)Protein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 57mg (2%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 8g (9%)Vitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 7mg (8%)Calcium: 7mg (1%)Iron: 0.1mg (1%)
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Cocktail, Drink

The Lure of Exotic Ingredients

The Singapore Sling is a symphony of flavors. The gin provides a crisp base, while the cherry liqueur and Cointreau add a fruity depth. Benedictine brings a hint of herbal mystery, and the pineapple juice ties it all together with a tropical sweetness.

Pairing and Presentation

This cocktail is a showstopper. Serve it in a tall Collins glass to showcase its vibrant color. It pairs beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine, complementing the flavors and cooling the palate.

The Tropical Escape

Every sip of the Singapore Sling is like a mini vacation. It’s a cocktail that transports you to sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. I remember serving this at a beach-themed party, and it was like we were all in Singapore for the night.

A Drink for All Seasons

While it’s perfect for summer, don’t let the seasons limit you. The Singapore Sling is a great choice for any festive occasion, adding a splash of color and exotic flair.

The Evolution of the Sling

Over the years, the Singapore Sling has seen many variations. Some add more pineapple for sweetness, others play with the proportions of spirits. But the essence of this tropical classic remains the same.

The Singapore Sling is more than just a cocktail; it’s a piece of history, a tropical getaway in a glass, and a testament to the creativity of mixology. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or new to the world of mixed drinks, the Singapore Sling is a must-try that never disappoints.

Singapore Sling Cocktail
Singapore Sling Cocktail
Singapore Sling Cocktail
Singapore Sling Cocktail