Despite the cliché, sipping on a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel Long Bar remains on the top of many a visitor’s hit list.
The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at some time around 1910, and now sees tourists in their thousands flocking to the Long Bar to sample one.
The Long Bar’s décor is inspired by the Malay plantation houses of the 1920s and oozes colonial charm. Creaking ceiling fans, rattan furniture and peanut-shell strewn wooden floors all add to the antiquated atmosphere.
As can be expected, it is also one of the more expensive bars in town, but a happy hour from 5pm-9pm, Sunday to Wednesday helps keep the bill in check.
What’s in a Sling?
15ml Cherry Brandy
120ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Lime Juice
7.5 ml Dom Benedictine
A Dash of Angostura Bitters
Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.