A Singapore Sling with Sipsmith

The Singapore Sling is one of the oldest and most classic of cocktails.

In fact, this gloriously pink drink has been a cocktail bar standard since the early 20th century.

This tiki classic recalls bourgeois colonial luxury and far away climes. Created in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon before 1915 (the exact date is fuzzy), the hotel’s glamourous, and mostly female, clientele were instantly smitten, or so the story goes.

A regular sling just entails gin, lemon juice, syrup and soda water. Jazzed up with Benedictine (brandy based liqueur), Grenadine (pomegranate liqueur), pineapple juice and more for a tropical twist, the Singapore Sling is a classic for a reason.

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Singapore Sling

Credit: Sipsmith


To garnish:

  • Orange slice
  • Cocktail cherry (Luxardo’s are the best and least artificial tasting)


  1. Combine Gin, Cherry Heering, rum, Grand Marnier, Benedictine, pineapple juice and fresh lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain over ice in a tall glass.
  4. Top with Angostura bitters.
  5. Sip and rejoice.

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