This famous gin-based cocktail was created sometime between 1911 and 1915 by Chinese-born Ngiam Tong Boon at The Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore.( ….). Although there is little controversy as to who created it, where he created it and when, there is a huge debate over the original name and ingredients. Singapore and the locality was colonially known as the “Straits Settlements” and it seems certain that Boon’s drink was similarly named the “Straits Sling”. The name appears to have changed sometime between 1922 and 1930.
Not even the Raffles Hotel itself is sure on the original recipe……Sadly, now days the Singapore Slings served at The Long Bar are made from powdered pre-mix, which is also available in the gift shop.
(……..) The other great debate rages over the type of cherry brandy used. Was it a cherry “brandy” liqueur or actually a cherry eau de vie? Did fruit juice feature in the original recipe at all? We shall probably never know but there is no debate over the fact that this famous cocktail was, and still is, based on gin.
Taken from “Gin: The Bartender’s Bible by Simon Difford , Odd Firm of Sin Ltd”, London,2012
The original Singapore Sling Formula from the
“Long Bar , Raffles Hotel in Singapore”
The Bar Institute Variation:
– 50ml Gin
-20ml Peter Heering Cherry Liquor
-15ml Orange Curacao
-100ml Pineapple Juice
-15ml Fresh Lime Juice
-2 Dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Pineapple Chunk & Maraschino Cherry
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