Drink Recipes Singapore Sling

Posted April 7th, 2016 by Merlene

The Singapore Sling is a dream to write about as it is one of the few cocktails whose existence and origins aren’t the subject of heated, intense debate.  The Singapore Sling is definitely from Singapore, and definitely the brainchild of Ngiam Tong Boon, bartender for the Long Bar, at the exquisite Raffles Hotel, sometime before 1915.

It is also definitely one of the best cocktails anyone can try.

Unfortunately, although the creation of the Singapore Sling is without doubt, the composition of the drink is a bit vaguer.  One of the biggest debates is in the use of cherry brandy… or was it cherry eau de vie?  To add juice, or not to add juice (Boon’s original recipes almost certainly included pineapple juice).  Even the actual name of the drink has changed over time- Boon probably called his original drink the ‘Straits Sling’ – Singapore at the time was part of what was known as the ‘Straits Settlements’, one of four overseas settlements administered by the British East India Company.  The name probably reverted to Singapore Sling sometime in the 30’s.

♦ Ingredients

There are a few variations on the Singapore Sling, however always pay heed to the basics: choose a great gin and keep it chilled; the best for the sling are Bombay Sapphire.  Some of the recipes dictate lemon, lime & pineapple juice; use fresh juice if possible.  And finally, always use Club Soda.

♦ Variants

Here are three leading Singapore Sling recipes.  ‘Singapore Sling #1’ is the more widely used recipe; it’s sweet and sour, frothy and very refreshing.  The ‘Baker’s Singapore Sling’ is my favourite; it’s a lot rawer, and strips the Sling down to the bare essentials.  It is less fruity but is diluted to a greater extent by soda water so you still end up with a balanced drink.  This has been created by a man called Charles Baker II, taken from his 1946 book ‘The Gentleman’s Companion’.  Finally we have the ‘Straits Sling’.  This is a slightly citrusy and very fruity Swing variant based on the assumption that cherry eau de vie- and not cherry brandy- formed part of the original recipe.

♦ Singapore Sling #1

Glass: Sling / Collins

Garnish: Slice of lemon and Maraschino cherry on stick

Ingredients:

◊ 2 shots Dry gin

◊ 0.5 shot Cherry brandy liqueur (i.e. DeKuyper)

◊ 0.25 shot Bénédictine D.O.M.

◊ 0.25 shot Triple Sec (i.e Cointreau)

◊ 1.5 shot Fresh pineapple juice

◊ 0.5 shot Lime juice

◊ 0.25 shot Grenadine

◊ 2 dash Angostura bitters

◊ Top with Club soda

Method:

Shake all ingredients over ice, apart from soda.  Fine strain into chilled, ice-filled sling glass, top with soda and stir. Garnish and serve with straws.

♦ Baker’s Singapore Sling

Glass: Sling / Collins

Garnish: Slice of lemon and Maraschino cherry on stick

Ingredients:

◊ 2 shots Dry gin

◊ 0.75 shot Bénédictine D.O.M.

◊ 0.75 shot Cherry brandy liqueur (i.e. DeKuyper)

◊ Top with Club soda

Method:

Shake all ingredients over ice, apart from soda.  Fine strain into chilled glass filled with ice and top with soda.  Stir, garnish and serve with straws.

♦ Straits Sling

Glass: Sling / Collins

Garnish: Slice of orange and Maraschino cherry on stick

Ingredients:

◊ 2 shot Dry gin

◊ 0.5 shot Bénédictine D.O.M.

◊ 0.5 shot Cherry eau de vie

◊ 1 shot Lemon juice

◊ 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

◊ Top with Club soda

Method:

Shake all ingredients over ice apart from soda, fine strain into chilled glass filled with ice and top with soda.  Lightly stir, garnish and serve with straws.

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