SINGAPORE SLING RECIPE

A classic gin cocktail, the Singapore Sling recipe is a variation on another classic cocktail - the Gin Sling. 
Singapore Sling recipe in a Hurricane glass

Method

Shake

Glass

Hurricane

Category

Gin

WHAT IS THE SINGAPORE SLING COCKTAIL?

One of the most famous gin cocktails, the Singapore Sling recipe is a variation on another classic cocktail – the Gin Sling. 

Like many classic cocktails, the origin of the Singapore Sling is debated. The most accepted credit is from 1915 and goes to Ngiam Tong Boon from Long Bar in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel

It’s claimed that Ngiam created the cocktail due to a gap in the market.

At the time, it wasn’t socially acceptable for women to drink alcohol in public so Ngiam created a deceptive looking cocktail that women could enjoy without any social prejudice or judgement. 

He used fruit juices and cherry brandy to create a distinctive pink coloured beverage.

This was then combined with clear alcohol (gin) in order to maintain the drink’s disguise and look like a fruit juice drink. 

The Singapore Sling is a deceptive cocktail in terms of strength – especially with some modern variations on the recipe. Therefore, don’t be deceived by how the drink looks as it can certainly pack a punch. 

This cocktail is definitely ingredient-heavy and can look quite complex but the method for making it is quite simple so don’t be deterred by the lengthy ingredient list.

The long bar at the Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling
Entering the long bar at the Raffles Hotel is like stepping back in time

HOW TO MAKE A SINGAPORE SLING COCKTAIL

Add gin, cherry brandy, benedictine, lime juice, pineapple juice and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake until the shaker becomes cold to touch. Strain ingredients into a chilled highball glass over ice. 

Top with soda water to taste and garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge. 

SINGAPORE SLING INGREDIENTS 

25ml London Dry Gin

25ml Cherry Brandy (or Cherry Liqueur)

25ml Benedictine

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

30ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

Top Soda Water

METHOD

Shaken

GARNISH

Maraschino Cherry

Pineapple Wedge 

DID YOU KNOW

There are a number of different recipes for a Singapore Sling that use variations of pineapple juice, orange liqueur (Cointreau), lime juice, grenadine, or pre-batched mixes.

This means that there’s not actually a standardised Singapore Sling recipe! 

Many recipes claim to be the original or strongly based on the original and it’s difficult to know what the exact “original” recipe is, but what we will say is that the original was based on fresh fruit juices and ingredients.

If you’ve got a recipe with syrups, liqueurs, or sugary mixes then it’s likely a post-1960s mix and not something you could consider to be an original.  

WHAT TO DRINK NEXT

Firstly, If you’re looking for a gin cocktail, the producers of Slingsby gin made us a unique list of their best gin recipes for readers to test out. 

Alternatively, if you still want a fruity yet bittersweet cocktail then you might like the Appletini.

Made with vodka instead of gin, the Appletini has many of the same characteristics that people enjoy from a Singapore Sling. 

The Appletini is fruity and also comes with a vibrant green colour to rival the pink hue of the Singapore Sling.

An appealing fact is that it requires far fewer ingredients and is much quicker to make so we’d recommend checking this one out next!

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