Singapore Sling Turns 100
As the story goes, Raffles hotel bartender Ngiam Tong Boon invented the colourful and delightful drink during the British Colonial period in 1915. Originally created as a woman’s drink, this long, tasty, exotic concoction is now enjoyed by both sexes. The legendary Raffles hotel opened in 1887 and attracted the famous such as Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Touristy place, supposedly the long bar serves hundreds of the delicious drink daily. The Singapore Sling was a favourite of Joseph Conrad and actor Douglas Fairbanks. Today, a multitude of tricked-out-versions exist and fill cocktail menus. London Dry Gin is the preferred style for this cocktail, and the Cherry Heering liqueur is an essential ingredient in the world famous classic. The grenadine is used sparingly to add colour.
The Singapore Sling recipe.