Singapore Sling

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Singapore Sling

On our recent visit to Singapore, we did what all good tourists do and visit the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling.

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling dates back to around 1915 where it was first served in the Long Bar at the famous hotel. It’s a gin-based cocktail, traditionally served in a hurricane glass.

When we visited, the Long Bar was actually closed for renovations. The hotel is undergoing a revamp and is due to reopen fully in the second half of 2018. So we were directed to the Bar & Billiard Room which had taken on the responsibility of hosting those there for the famous drink.

Singapore Sling

The Bar & Billiards Room was really comfortably laid out, a plethora of tables with the bar in the centre. We were seated quickly and given the drinks menu. Obviously for us, there was only one choice, a Singapore Sling.

Singapore Sling

Looking around our table, we quickly noticed that every table had a pile of discarded monkey nut shells underneath it. After asking our waitress, she told us it was tradition that the nuts would be eaten and the shells discarded on the floor. Never one to break tradition, we tucked into a few nuts, whilst dropping our shells on the floor. It felt a bit rebellious, but in my heart-of-hearts, I knew it was what was expected of us.

Singapore Sling

A Singapore Sling in the Raffles Hotel isn’t cheap. Costing 31 Singapore Dollars a glass (about £17.50), but it was well worth it. I enjoyed the taste very much. It was awesome to come to the birthplace of this cocktail, in such an amazing city and to drink (and eat nuts) like many have done before, for over 100 years.

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

If you wish to make your own at home. Here’s the recipe –

30ml Gin
15ml cherry liqueur
7.5ml Benedictine
7.5ml Cointreau

120ml pineapple juice
15ml lime juice
10ml grenadine

Add all the ingredients into cocktail shaker and filled with ice. Shake well and then strain and serve in a hurricane glass.

So cheers to the Singapore Sling! Whether you are drinking it at the Raffles Hotel or making your own at home.

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8 thoughts on “Singapore Sling

    • Sally Sally says:

      An hour's queue. Wow! We were very lucky then. We got seated at a table in the main bar straight away. It would have been worth the wait though.

  1. Oh this reminds me of my trip! I was backpacking in the 90’s and we wanted to go to Raffles. We had to scrape together something nice enough to wear first....lovely place and thank you for the memories. #anythinggoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      That sounds lovely Sophie. I hope you enjoyed it. That was such a treat I should imagine. I bet it hasn't changed much since the 90s!

  2. Oh I feel like I am missing out! I have been eyeing off Singapore. We usually just go there as a stop over but reading all these little gems I might need to book a trip! #AnythingGoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ooh you definitely should Tash. That’s how our trip started as it was a atopover. Then we realised how much there was to see and do.

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