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Original Origins - Part One

Raffles slingWith the start of the new year, we thought we'd let you know how your favourite cocktails started to that while you're sipping on your chilled and frozen cocktails at your next soiree, you can impress your friends with your vast, historical knowledge.

In this installment, we focus on the Singapore Sling which is said to be a one hundred year old recipe!

This South-East Asian cocktail is documented to have been developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. He initially called it the gin sling, - a sling was originally an American drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.


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." He would have been please then with our "perfect every time" convenient cocktail sachets.

Originally, the Sling was drunk from a plain high ball glass often garnished with citrus, but we suggest garnishing a goblet cocktail glass with a slice of orange and a Maraschino cherry or two.

So there you have it, our Original Cocktails are not only steeped in flavour, but also in history. Look how far they have come.

Here's to having an Original 2015! Cheers!

The Long Bar

The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel where the Singapore Sling was born

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