Raffles Hotel celebrates 100 years of Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling, a cocktail that was created at the Raffles Hotel in 1915, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM RAZORTV VIDEO
The Singapore Sling, a cocktail that was created at the Raffles Hotel in 1915, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM RAZORTV VIDEO

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Sling, a cocktail that was created at the Raffles Hotel in 1915, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.

The gin-based cocktail was created by the hotel's then-bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese. The sweet yet potent tipple with a rosy hue, was initially created for women so that they too could enjoy an alcoholic beverage at the bar back when it was not socially acceptable.

These days, the internationally recognised cocktail can be had at bars around the world and is savoured by both men and women.

Sip it at the Raffles Hotel's Long Bar or eat it in the form of a cake called SlingaPore from Ah Teng's Bakery.

Those keen to learn how to make it, can sign up for a masterclass at the Long Bar ($88 a person, minimum of 10 people).

MAKE IT YOURSELF: THE SINGAPORE SLING

Ingredients

30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Slice of pineapple

1 maraschino cherry

Method

Combine all the liquids and shake over ice. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

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