Singapore Sling

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Cocktail History

The Singapore Sling is a classic gin cocktail that was created in the early 1900s by Ngiam Tong Boon at the glamorous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Although more modern recipes for this fruity drink call for fewer ingredients and no soda water, this is considered one of the tastiest and most universally liked versions out there.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other fruity flavors in the drink to shine. 

Pineapple Juice: This adds sweetness and pineapple flavor. We used freshly squeezed pineapple juice.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Cherry Liqueur: This gives the drink its deep cherry flavor. When recipes specifically call for Heering Cherry Liqueur, it does so because this liqueur has a very distinct taste that can’t be replicated by substitutes. You can use other cherry liqueurs if you can’t find Heering’s, but just know it won’t quite be the same.

Triple Sec: This adds more sweet citrus flavor. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Bénédictine: This is a spiced, floral liqueur. It’s made from twenty-seven different spices and herbs that gives adds the liqueurs unique taste that really can’t be replicated by using substitutes.

Grenadine: This is a sweetener made with pomegranate juice and white sugar. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Orange Slice: This is the garnish. It adds sweet orange aromas.

Tasting Notes

The Singapore Sling features aromas of fresh citrus and pineapple followed by the initial taste of herbal gin along with tart pomegranate and cherry and finishes with a hint of juniper as well as floral notes from the Bénédictine in the throat on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We tried a few versions of this drink before landing on the one we’re sharing. All of the mixers really mask the taste of the gin, making it a dangerously easy sip, and the carbonation is a refreshing touch, which we both really liked. These have since become a go-to at home bar during the warmer months.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Pineapple Juice
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz Heering Cherry Liqueur
 ¼ oz Triple Sec
 ¼ oz Bénédictine
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 Soda Water
 1 Orange Slice

Method
1

Fill half a highball glass with ice.

2

Add gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, cherry liqueur, triple sec, Bénédictine, grenadine, bitters, and ice to shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into highball glass.

5

Top with soda water.

6

Garnish with orange wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Pineapple Juice
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz Heering Cherry Liqueur
 ¼ oz Triple Sec
 ¼ oz Bénédictine
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 Soda Water
 1 Orange Slice

Directions

Method
1

Fill half a highball glass with ice.

2

Add gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, cherry liqueur, triple sec, Bénédictine, grenadine, bitters, and ice to shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into highball glass.

5

Top with soda water.

6

Garnish with orange wedge.

Singapore Sling

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More Gin Cocktails

If you like this gin-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Rosemary Gin & Tonic: A gin cocktail made with grapefruit shrub, lime juice, grapefruit tonic water, grapefruit slices, and rosemary

 Wedding Coat: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, crème de cassis, and gum syrup

Garden City Sling: A gin cocktail made with cherry liqueur, triple sec, Aperol, Bénédictine, pineapple gum syrup, lime juice, an orange wedge, and a cherry

 Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

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