Singapore Sling

Today’s clever cocktail is a blast from the past. The Singapore Sling was invented at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore by Ngiam Tong Boon in the early 1900’s. It is a tall, fruity, refreshing drink that many of us remember from the 60’s and 70’s as the classic “first drink” for one who just came of age to imbibe. Sadly most of those slings from the 60’s had been simplified in their composition and reduced to gin, smothered in fruit juice without the mixed charms of the original recipe. Below we offer you the original Raffles recipe converted to ounces from milliliters. Key to the drink’s personality is the use of Benedictine which offers a spicy balance to the pineapple juice and Cherry Heering liqueur whose flavor cannot be duplicated with any other cherry concoction. The Singapore Sling is a timeless creation that when made right, will satisfy even the most seasoned imbiber.

Singapore Sling
In a shaker glass filled 2/3 with ice add:
– 1 1⁄2 Ounces Gin
– 1⁄2 Ounce Cherry Heering
– 1⁄4 Ounce Cointreau
– 1⁄4 Ounce Benedictine
– 4 Ounces Pineapple Juice
– 1⁄2 Ounce Lime Juice
– 1⁄3 Ounce Grenadine
– 1 Dash Bitters (Angostura)

Shake until very cold. Stain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge (optional).