November 10, 2012

Slurping on a Singapore Sling

You can’t go to Singapore and not have a sling!

Singapore sling

It’ll cost you, but it’s worth it!

However I nearly did that just that, as I didn’t know where to find it. I’d heard of it and I’m sure I’ve bandied the phrase around like a pro drinker, but it was as if the planets had aligned when I stumbled upon Raffles Hotel after shopping my way back to where I thought I was staying. I realised then I was meant to punctuate my afternoon with the famous pink tipple. (Besides, it was about 35C outside and the air conditioning was as essential as a mid-afternoon cocktail.)

The deliciously naughty drink was created here at Raffles Hotel at the turn of last century by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. He kept his recipe locked away in the hotel safe, along with a scribbled copy on a bar chit that a visitor managed to get a waiter to give out in 1936. It was originally designed as a woman’s drink – all pretty in pink – but today it’s slung back by anyone and everyone. 1000 per day in fact as the princely sum of $26.

Raffles is an icon in Singapore. The Long Bar (which is now on the 2nd floor and not as long as it once was) serves peanuts in their shells and the etiquette is to eat them and throw the shells onto the floor. It looks like a shambles in here! These days The Long Bar is more about a photo op with its colonial touches, décor  and that famous drink. But when in Singapore, it’d be rude not to drop in, even just for that photo.

Singapore SlingHere’s how to make the Singapore Sling – straight from Raffles:

30 ml Gin

15 ml Heering Cherry Liqueur

120 ml Pineapple Juice

15 ml Lime Juice

7.5 ml Cointreau

7.5 ml Dom Benedictine

10 ml Grenadine

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with Pineapple and a Cherry and sling back!


If you want to read my review of Singapore Airline’s double-decker A380, click here for the story and pics.

And here’s my latest one on Singapore’s best bars and nightlife – once you’ve ticked the Sling off your list.

About Megan Singleton


Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio every week and a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 18 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!)I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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