Classic Cocktail Corner: The Singapore Sling


Ahhhhhh yes, there is something exceptionally delicious about a classic cocktail.
Whether it’s the history behind the drink, or the yearning for a simpler time, sometimes the mood is a cocktail that doesn’t have a lot of fuss to it.
It’s all about the flavor, baby!

This week’s Barchive Classic Cocktail recommendation?
Meet the Singapore Sling!

Backstory: A crowd-pleaser for over 100 years, the Singapore Sling first made its first appearance at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, sometime around 1915. Initially created by Hainanese-Chinese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, this “gin sling” has been revised and tweaked by many a bartender since, to the point where it’s uncommon to find the exact same recipe across differing cocktail books.

While our recipe below might not be thee original recipe, by Raffles Hotel historical standards, it’s claimed to be the closest (and also what they print on their menus today).

The Raffles Hotel Original Singapore Sling Recipe:

1 ½ oz Gin
½ oz Cherry Brandy
4 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Lime Juice
¼ oz Cointreau
¼ oz Dom Benedictine
⅓ oz Grenadine
A Dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a slice of Pineapple and Cherry

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled ⅔ with ice. Shake well, and then strain into a highball glass with ice. Garnish and enjoy!