Cocktail Corner: Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

By Peter Christian, Vice President Food & Beverage

This classic cocktail was developed in its namesake city-state sometime around 1915. Bartender Ngiam Tong Boon is credited with its invention and originally called it a gin sling. Guests at the luxurious Raffles Hotel lined up to order these rosy cocktails featuring gin; pineapple juice; lime juice; and Bénédictine, an herbal French liqueur with legendary ties to Benedictine monks. Ngiam originally created the sling for female patrons of Long Bar as etiquette forbade them from drinking in public. With its “feminine flair,” the drink looked like a glass of juice and helped break down such antiquated ideas. Try your hand at this classic cocktail. Or better yet, join us on October 16 at a special event at Smith Tower featuring this famous concoction and others from the early 20th century.

Singapore Sling

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • ½ oz. Heering cherry liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Bénédictine
  • ¼ oz. Cointreau
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  •  ½ oz. lime juice
  • ¹/3 oz. grenadine
  • 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
  •  Soda water

Combine all ingredients except soda water in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball or hurricane glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a cherry and slice of pineapple.

As published in the September/October 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted September 5, 2019

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