The Singapore Sling was invented at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, sometime in the 1900s or early 1910s. The recipe changed drastically over time, due to being codified on handwritten notes, getting lost in translation as it traveled the globe, and the gradual decline in availability of some of its ingredients, like Cherry Heering and Bénédictine. Today, though, it’s possible to make a Singapore Sling that’s pretty close to the original, which is the recipe provided below. It doesn’t traditionally have a garnish of any kind, but you can use a lime twist (added later at the Raffles Hotel) or a maraschino cherry if you’re so inclined.
|1 oz gin|
|1 oz Cherry Heering|
|1 oz Bénédictine|
|1 oz fresh lime juice|
|1 dash Angostura bitters|
|2 oz soda water|
|Lime twist or cherry for garnish (optional)|
Preparation: How to make a Singapore Sling
- Add all ingredients except soda to a Highball or Collins glass over ice and stir gently.
- Top with soda, stir once, and serve.
- Optionally, garnish with a twist of lime or a cherry.