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Singapore Sling – The History


Singapore Sling Origin

History of Singapore Sling: The Singapore Sling is a gin-based cocktail created in the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon. It is a sweet and fruity drink with a slightly tart finish. The original recipe called for gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, cherry brandy, Benedictine, grenadine, and soda water. The drink was originally created as a way for women to drink alcohol in public without being seen as unladylike. The pink color of the drink made it look like a fruit juice, and the sweet taste made it more palatable to women.

What’s in a Singapore Sling?

What's in a Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling quickly became popular and is now considered one of the signature cocktails of Singapore. It is still served at the Long Bar today, and it is also available in many bars and restaurants around the world.

How to Make the Singapore Sling

Here is the recipe for the Singapore Sling:

Singapore Sling Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce cherry brandy
  • ¾ ounce Benedictine
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 3 ounces soda water
  • Ice
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


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