By French Tart on February 03, 2008
Photo by AmandaInOz
Photo by AmandaInOz
"The Singapore Sling is one of those wonderful drinks that we probably have all heard of, but perhaps have never had. And because this recipe is often incorrectly recorded in most recipe books, even if you've think you've had it, you probably haven't. One of the key, and often overlooked ingredients in this drink is Benedictine. While the resulting flavour is not overly predominate, it does add a certain taste profile that would be totally missing without this secret ingredient. None dispute that the Singapore Sling was originally created by Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. However that is where the agreements end. The exact date is in question, with some people claiming it was in 1915, some 1913, while the hotel itself claims that it was created sometime prior to 1910. There is also plenty of disagreement as to how closely the current version of this drink that is served at Raffles is to what was originally served. Apparently the original recipe was lost and forgotten sometime in the 1930's, and the drink that they currently serve at the hotel's Long Bar (see recipe below) is based on memories of former bartenders, and some written notes that they were able to discover. Whatever the truth may be, this "iconic" drink is still enjoyed today, as much as it was back in the early 20th century! Maybe, the only way to really appreciate this cocktail, is to sip it slowly whilst sitting in a rattan chair, under the ceiling fans in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel!"
Serving Size: 1 (180 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Perfect cocktail. Just the right amount of sweetness. Heads above imposter slings that use sweet and sour mix."
"Man was this good! Made for Dh and myself to celebrate our first day with the kids in camp. I used Grand Marnier and a pineapple-coconut water blend I can get here in Greece. Not too sweet and very, VERY smooth. We drank 2 each in no time at all."
"This drink is delicious. Not too sweet and a nice color. I used cherry brandy as I don't have cherry heering. I used Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau. I used fresh lime juice and garnished with a slice of lime. Thanks FT Made for ZWT4"
"I used to prime my dates and friends with this drink way back in the late `60's early `70's in Georgetown , Washington,DC. We used to visit a Dinner Club called the Act VI ( bar ) that served these made just this way...Way to good a drink to not be tried. We used to enjoy it with loud Rock and Roll and wild dancing! Again you take me back to my wilding days....LOL!!! Thanks!"
"By far the best Singapore Sling I've ever had! The benedictine really makes this version. Be careful though! These down VERY easy. It would be easy to drink quite a few of these little gems, I think. Yum! Thanks FT!"