On our recent visit to Singapore, we did what all good tourists do and visit the Raffles Hotel for a 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you wish to make your own at home. Here’s the recipe –
15ml cherry liqueur
120ml pineapple juice
15ml lime juice
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.