Drink Recipe:: Singapore Sling

by Negronis Greg

Today we're talking about the Singapore Sling. This classic cocktail has been around for over a century and is still enjoyed by many today. Let's dive into its origin story, ingredients, recipe, and who's making the best Singapore Sling today.

The Origin Story: The Singapore Sling was first created in the early 1900s by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It was originally intended as a ladies' drink, with its pink color and fruity flavor, but has since become a popular choice for both men and women.

Ingredients: The traditional Singapore Sling recipe includes gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, Cointreau, Benedictine, grenadine, and Angostura bitters. Some variations may also include cherry brandy or triple sec.

Recipe: To make a Singapore Sling, you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz Benedictine
  • 1/3 oz Grenadine
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Club soda
  1. Combine all the ingredients (except for the club soda) in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with club soda and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Who's making the best Singapore Sling today: There are many bars and bartenders who make a great Singapore Sling, but one of the most well-known is the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. This is where the cocktail was first created, and they still serve it to this day. If you happen to find yourself in Singapore, a visit to the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling is a must.

However, if you can't make it to Singapore, there are plenty of bars around the world that make a delicious Singapore Sling. It's a classic cocktail that is enjoyed by many, so you're likely to find a great one at any reputable cocktail bar.

Personal Opinion: As for my personal opinion, I think the Singapore Sling is a great choice for a refreshing, fruity cocktail. It's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or enjoying as a pre-dinner drink. I particularly enjoy pairing it with Asian cuisine, as the tropical flavors complement dishes like sushi, Thai curry, and Vietnamese spring rolls.

Overall, the Singapore Sling is a classic cocktail that's stood the test of time. Whether you're enjoying it at the Raffles Hotel or at your local cocktail bar, it's a drink that's sure to please. Cheers!

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