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Drink recipes: Singapore sling

by Betsy Young

Working in the bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore as the world approached WWI, Ngiam Tong Boon the barman wanted to create a pink drink for the ladies. He wanted something exotic, cool and refreshing with a tasty punch to it. No one disputes who invented the drink or where it was invented but the original recipe is long gone. Even the Raffles Hotel admits that the drink they serve today is only approaching the original. Here I offer you a recipe that dates back to the 1930’s and always invokes the desire for a second one.

Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail Strainer
1 Collins or sling glass

3 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounces of gin
ounce Cherry Heering
ounce lime juice
ounce Benedictine
ounce Cointreau
2 dashes of angostura bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 orange wedge and maraschino cherry to garnish
2 ounces of soda water

Building the Drink
Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice
Add all ingredients except garnish and soda water
Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds
Fill Collins or sling glass halfway with ice
Strain and pour drink into Collins glass
Top off with soda water and garnish with a flag of orange wedge and cherry

Any dry cherry brandy can be substituted for the Cherry Heering, but it seems to suit this drink best if it can be obtained.

Orange bitters can be a tough one to find but is available online and keeps well

The recipe used is credited to Dale Degroff


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