The Singapore Sling was developed by Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the early 1900's. It is a smooth, slow, sweet cocktail with a complex flavor. That said, this is one of those great cocktails that few people can agree how to make or what exactly goes into it.
The original recipe was almost forgotten by the hotel bartenders and when they wanted to revive the cocktail, the hotel needed to adapt the recipe from the bartenders' memories. This is just one of the newer variations and others include anything from pineapple to grenadine or other liqueurs like Cointreau. Some of these 'enhancements' have even been adapted by the original bar at Raffles. It is reported that the original did not use club soda, though we may never know for sure.
View Video: How to Make a Singapore Sling
Imbibe magazine has a recipe which is even closer to the original, as well as more of the drink's history by David Wondrich: Original Singapore Sling.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1/2 ounce cherry brandy, kirsch, or Cherry Heering
- Lemon slice for garnish
- Maraschino cherry for garnish