On one of my last days in Singapore and while my sister and dad were in Malaysia, I went alone…accompanied with my book “One Day” to the Raffles Hotel to try the famous cocktail “Singapore Sling” where it was created a long time ago.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a luxury international hotel company and they opened their first hotel in Singapore (Raffles Hotel) in 1887. They have hotels in a few countries and in Paris it’s the award winning Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. It recieved the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 and is recognized as one of the world’s Best Hotels for Ambience and Design.
The Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore is where the cocktail Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by Hainaese-Chinese bartender Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon.
There are now also a Spring Sling, Summer Sling, Winter Sling, Autumn Sling, Tropical Sling and a Courtyard Sling apart from the Original Singapore Sling.
When I was there, first of all I didn’t had a seat in the Long Bar (where the cocktail was created), it was too dark and too crowded with tourists…instead I went to the courtyard that had a more peaceful and relaxed ambiance and where I at the same time could enjoy the beautiful weather.
I had a Original Singapore Sling which consists of the following:
30 ml Gin
15 ml Cherry Heering
7,5 ml Dom Benedictine
120 ml Sarawak Pineapple Juice
15 ml Lime Juice
10 ml Grenadine
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a slice of Pinapple and Cherry
I was so excited about having my cocktail so I totally forgot about telling the bartender to put as little as alcohol possible because I had not been drinking any kind of alcohol for several months…
The cocktail was great, perfect blend of fruity and sour…but a bit too much alcohol for me so I couldn’t even finish it.
Raffles Hotel – 1 Beach Road Singapore