Singapore Sling

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Singapore Sling
IBA official cocktail
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishMaraschino cherry, pineapple
Standard drinkware
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Hurricane glass
IBA specified
PreparationPour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail cherry.
dagger Singapore Sling recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Singapore Sling is a gin-based cocktail from Singapore. This long drink was developed sometime before 1915[1] by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling[2] – a sling was originally a North American drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.[3]


D. A. Embury stated in the Fine Art of Mixing Drinks: "Of all the recipes published for [this drink] I have never seen any two that were alike." The Times described the "original recipe" as mixing two measures of gin with one of cherry brandy and one each of orange, pineapple, and lime juice[4] An alternative "original recipe" used gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak (or "smooth cayenne"[5]) pineapples, which enhances the flavor and creates a foamy top. The hotel's recipe was recreated based on the memories of former bartenders and written notes that they discovered regarding the original recipe.

Present style[edit]

By the 1980s, the Singapore Sling was often little more than gin, bottled sweet and sour, and grenadine. With the move towards fresh juices and the re-emergence of quality products like Cherry Heering, the cocktail has begun to resemble its original version.[6]

Gin slings[edit]

The gin sling, attested from 1790, described a North American drink of gin which was flavoured, sweetened and served cold.[7] The Singapore sling has been documented as early as 1930 as a recipe in the Savoy Cocktail Book; Ingredients ¼ lemon juice, ¼ Dry Gin, ½ Cherry Brandy: "Shake well and strain into medium size glass, and fill with soda water. Add 1 lump of ice".[8]

Brewer's refers to the gin-sling as "a drink mainly composed of gin and lemon" and states that it has been attributed to bartender John Collins of London, "but it dates from before his time and was found in the U.S.A. by 1800"[9] which is similar to the John Collins which is another drink of gin and lemon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Campbell, Colin (12 December 1982). "Singapore Journal; Back to Somerset Maugham and Life's Seamy Side". The New York Times. Singapore.
  2. ^ The Daily Telegraph, Peterborough: Sling shot AVA GARDNER'S knickers are still missing, 13 April 1991
  3. ^ OED sling, n.5
  4. ^ p. iv/4 (Singapore Suppl.), The Times 19 July 1976
  5. ^ "PINEAPPLE – Common Varieties | TFNet – International Tropical Fruits Network". 10 May 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ Burkhart, Jeff (10 April 2011). "Sometimes a bartender needs to sling whatever works". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  7. ^ OED, gin-sling, n.
  8. ^ OED Singapore sling n.
  9. ^ Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 1969, pp. 463.

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