Singapore sling cocktail in a tall glass at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel

How to Make the Perfect Singapore Sling

Last Updated on May 2, 2023

What do you know about the famous Singapore Sling? Other than the fact that it’s one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Well, if you want to find out more about its origin, history and the perfect way to make it, you came to the right place. In this article, we’re going to give you a quick preview on how to achieve that magnificent balance needed for the ideal Singapore Sling.

According to D. A. Embury in his Fine Art of Mixing Drinks: “Of all the recipes published for [this drink – Singapore Sling ] I have never seen any two that were alike.”

Origins of the Singapore Sling


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As you can guess by the name, the Singapore Sling started in Singapore someplace before 1915. The innovator of this tasty cocktail is Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese barkeep working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The name this beverage conveyed for quite a while was gin sling, as a note of gratefulness toward the Western strategy for blending spirits with water and flavors.

Like all beverages that turned out to be exceptionally well known, the roots of the Sling are hard to pinpoint. Mixed drink history specialist David Wondrich refers to 1897 as the first date a Sling was referenced in a Singapore paper, 18 years before Ngiam was indicated to blend his own form.

TAKEAWAY: According to the Raffles Hotel, the Singapore Sling was created as a drink intenteded for ladies. Back then, due to etiquette women were not allowed to drink alcohol in public. However, Ngiam saw a business opportunity there, leading him to create an alcoholic pink drink that looked like a fruit juice. That way, the Singapore Sling became an acceptable cocktail for ladies to drink in public.

Evolution of the Sling

The sling of the time was in all probability a basic blend of soul, water, citrus, sugar, and sharp flavoring. However, when Prohibition began, there were at that point a heap of varieties. The one that in the end rose to be the best was the variant served at Raffles, with gin, Benedictine, cherry schnapps, sharp flavoring, and citrus.

Disappointingly, in the event that you go to the Long Bar now, you’ll get a Singapore Sling made out of a blend served in a random glass, with a questionable formula imprinted on the napkin. The Singapore Sling became just another famous mixed drink presently consigned to a sorry excuse for its previous self. In any case, Ted Haigh has assembled a reasonable impersonation of what the Sling may have been similar to. His variant, somewhat adjusted, is our top choice.

The Singapore Sling was a sort of proto-Tiki drink, and much like its posterity, it has a long history of variants. However, on the off chance that you get the opportunity to collect all the ingredients that you require, you’ll be delighted with the result.

3 Easy Ways to Prepare the Perfect Singapore Sling


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Knowing what we know, you can now see the main reason why we decided to write this article and give you a few home recipes, so you can make it yourself. We promise you’ll be rewarded with a fresh glass filled with an amazing cocktail.

Choose the one that fits your budget and vision best.

Option A:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) gin
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 ounce) cherry liqueur (such as Heering)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 ounce) herbal liqueur (such as Bénédictine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 ounce) orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • 1 dash of homemade peach-vanilla bitters 1/4 cup club soda
  • Orange slices
  • Maraschino cherries

As simple as it gets! Just take every ingredient we have on the list here and pour it inside a shaker. Once you’re done with it, continue shaking it for at least 15 seconds. Fill the glass with ice (the shaker as well) and pour down the cocktail. You can garnish it with cherries and orange slices for a better, fresher look.

Option B:

  • 2 ounces London Dry gin
  • 2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¾ ounce Cherry Heering
  • 2 teaspoons Bénédictine (1/3 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons Cointreau (1/3 ounce)
  • ¼ ounce homemade grenadine (or best-quality)
  • 2 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Soda water

This one is quite simple really! The only thing you have to do is pour everything in the mixer and just shake it for a few seconds. However, add the soda later in the mix and don’t forget to put ice in the mixer and the glass.

Option C:

  • 2 tablespoons of gin from the best selection
  • 6 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cherry Heering
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes triple sec or 2 dashes Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Same as before, just mix everything for a couple of seconds and you’re good to go!


About Sam Hoffman

Sam Hoffman is an award-winning writer with passion in providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since his first award in Creative Writing, he continued to deliver awesome content through his travel articles. When not enjoying freediving, he is managing marketing content for various online brands.

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