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