At the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, Raffles Hotel was the gathering place for the high society and Long Bar was the watering hole. It was common to see gentlemen nursing glasses of gin or whisky. Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette at the time dictated that they could not consume alcohol in public. So, for the sake of modesty, teas and fruit juices were their only beverages of choice.
Raffles Hotel bartender Ngiam Tong Boon got creative and decided to concoct a cocktail that looks like plain fruit juice masking the identity of the gin and liqueurs added . The clever bartender made the beverage pink to give it a feminine touch which, together with the use of clear alcohol, led people to think it was a socially acceptable drink for women. With that, the Singapore Sling was born in 1915. Needless to say, it became an instant hit until today.
The Singapore Sling, a gin-based cocktail containing pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao and Bénédictine. According to Bartender Ngiam, he deliberately chose grenadine and cherry liqueur to give the cocktail this rosy colour. All you need is a sturdy shaker.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce DOM Benedictine
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce lime juice
2 ounces club soda
1/2 ounce Cherry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
Garnish: Lemon slice and Maraschino cherry
How to Prepare
Combine all the ingredients. Add ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until foamy. Strain into a poco grande glass and serve garnished with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.
Where to Buy
I have strong preference for Gibson’s Gin for this iconic Singapore Sling. Other liqueur like DOM Benedictine, Giffard Cherry and Angostura are available on DestinationBeverage.com