A Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel

“Where else should one partake of the Singapore Sling but at Raffles Hotel?”

My thoughts exactly. I was super excited about sipping on this classic cocktail IN Singapore, and the original Raffles Hotel was where it all started.


Ngiam Tong Boon was a bartender at Raffles in 1915. In this popular gathering space, men would consume alcoholic beverages, but it was socially unacceptable for women to do the same. So, Ngiam created an alcoholic drink that looked like fruit juice. With it’s flirty pink color to mask the clear alcohol, the ladies were thought to be drinking punch- but really they were buzzing on slings. You go Ngiam!

There’s nothing like a delicious cocktail with a brilliant story behind it.


The Singapore Sling at Raffles IS delicious… I love a good fruity drink with garnishes. It’s a perfect, punchy combo of sweet and sour. And it’s accompanied by peanuts in a burlap bag. Yes, please.

Singapore sling

The famous Singapore Sling at is served at Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. Even though one Sling costs 31 Singaporean dollars ($22 USD), it’s all part of the experience. It’s not every day that you can have an expensive drink in a colonial hotel and still throw your peanut shells on the floor. (In fact, it’s the only place in Singapore where you can legally throw ‘trash’ onto the floor.) Long Bar is classy, but it has a down-to-earth pub feel with heavy, dark wood and vintage, green lights.

Long Bar Raffles Hotel

Long Bar

This year (2015) is the 100th anniversary of the Sling! You can celebrate this cocktail by making one for yourself… 🙂

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/4 oz cointreau
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz heering cherry liquor
  • 1/3 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz DOM bénédictine
  • 1 dash bitters

Shake everything with ice, and sip it from a fancy glass. Don’t forget a cherry on top!

Singapore Sling

Have you had a Singapore Sling?


  1. alison abbott | 3rd Sep 15

    A Singapore Sling at the Raffles hotel has to be one of the most iconic travel cocktails around. Hope I’ll get to have one on sight one day.

  2. Jakob Gibbons | 4th Sep 15

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this but it sounds delicious, and I love the history behind it! The pricetag is almost laughable, but I guess, as you say, it’s part of the experience. Looks like a lovely bar too!

    Do you know any, um, slightly lower-class establishments where frugal travelers could go for a budget-friendly (but of course probably less delicious) version of this cocktail in Singapore?

    • Words of a Wanderer | 6th Sep 15

      Yes, the price is a bit crazy, but it was worth it!! If you’re on a budget, my advice would be to skip drinking in Singapore! But seriously, it’s really expensive- even beer! For just 2 drinks in the evening, my boyfriend and I spent more than we did during the entire day! I did find this list thought- good drink deals in Singapore: http://www.expatliving.sg/Wine_and_dine/bars_clubs/Top-40-bars-for-cheap-drinks-in-Singapore-29288.ece I’ve also had great Singapore Slings at bars in Bangkok- and those are always pretty cheap! 🙂

  3. faegirl | 4th Sep 15

    That is an expensive drink! However, it does look tasty. I have never heard of it before today.


    • Words of a Wanderer | 6th Sep 15

      It was pretty tasty! You learn something new every day! 😉

  4. Grietje from TravelGretl | 6th Sep 15

    Hmmm, I’d love to taste that! And gives a special feeling throwing those shells on the floor! Next to the theatre academy I went to in the Netherlands, we had our favorite place for a drink. You could do it there too 🙂

    • Words of a Wanderer | 9th Sep 15

      Aww, that sounds fun!!! Good memories 🙂

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