Singapore Sling….

Singapore Sling is a classic gin-based cocktail you simply cannot miss in Singapore. Originated in 1915 in the Raffles Hotel, it is widely accepted as the national drink of Singapore. This sweet and smooth cocktail has a complex flavour. The main ingredients of Singapore Sling are Gin, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, Dom Benedictine, grenadine, Cherry Brandy and Cointreau. It is then garnished with lemon and cherry. The history of Singapore Sling is quite interesting. The Long Bar of the Raffles was the gathering place for the community of colonial Singapore. Unfortunately, the etiquettes of the ladies did not allow them to consume alcohol in public and they preferred fruit juices and teas. A talented bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon skilfully created a cocktail drink for the ladies by infusing gin and other liqueurs in fruit juices. He gave it the feminine pink color and cleverly led people to think that it was a socially acceptable punch for the ladies.  Hence, Singapore Sling came into existence and it became an instant hit. So, when in Singapore, stop at the Raffles Hotel for a long glass of Singapore Sling.