The "Original" Singapore Sling cocktail was created sometime between 1910 & 1915 by barman Ngiam Tong Boon at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The original recipe has in fact long since been lost, but this recipe was given to Raffle's Hotel by Ngiam Tong Boon's nephew in around the 1970s.

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  • Preparation Time: 3 min
Original Singapore Sling

Original Singapore Sling Ingredients

Cherry Brandy0.5shot
Fresh Lime Juice0.3shot
Pineapple Juice4shots
Angostura Bitters1dash

Garnish with slice of Pineapple & a Maraschino Cherry.

How to Make a Original Singapore Sling

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker containing ice & shake.
  2. Strain into a collins glass filled with Ice.
  3. Garnish with the Pineapple Slice & Maraschino Cherry before serving.

Tips & Tricks Making a Original Singapore Sling

  • More modern recreations of the Singapore Sling tend to cut down on the predominant pineapple sweetness of the "Original" Singapore Sling recipe. For a less sweet, boozier experience try halving the amount of pineapple juice, & perhaps topping up with a little club soda water.
  • Another alternative is to drop the grenadine, & cut-down a little on the pineapple juice (say a third) to cut down on the sweetness & make the Singapore Sling a little boozier.

Fun Facts About the Original Singapore Sling

  • The Singapore Sling cocktail was credited to Ngiam Tong Boon, a Raffle's Hotel barman, who invented it sometime between 1910 & 1915. Although the "Original" Singapore Sling recipe has in fact been lost (it seems to have fallen out of fashion in the 1930s), the version on this page was given to the Raffles Hotel by Ngiam Tong Boon's nephew. This give this "Original" Singapore Sling recipe some sense of authenticity, though no two Singapore Sling recipes documented over the past 100 years or so are alike.
  • The huge popularity of the famous Singapore Sling inspired numerous variations through-out the Pacific - this makes it difficult to pin down the "Original Singapore Sling" recipe.
  • The Singapore Sling is said to be notable favourites of writes Joseph Conrad ("Hear of Darkness") & William Somerset Maugham ("Of Human Bondage"), not to mention actor Douglas Fairbanks ("The Mark of Zorro [1920]", "Robin Hood [1922]").

Items You Need to Make a Original Singapore Sling

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Collins Glass

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Bar Knife

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Spirit Measure

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Stainless Steel Straws

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