How to make the perfect Singapore Sling

It’s that time of the year where Singaporeans celebrate the nation’s independence and what better way to mark this joyous occasion than with an iconic Singaporean beverage?

Illustration of a dinosaur sipping on a packet of Milo

Because even dinosaurs love that chocolatey malt taste.



So what’s the most iconic Singaporean beverage that you can think of? That’s right; it’s the Kopi O Peng, otherwise known as a sweetened iced black coffee.

Sweetened Iced Black CoffeeMmm… Frothy.


However, this being a blog about the pure unadulterated joy of drinking alcohol, we will be talking about the Singapore Sling instead.

Two glasses of Singapore SlingBehold the majesty of the Singapore Sling. Just behold it. Go on.


The Singapore Sling is a Singaporean cocktail.

Yay Singapore!

It was created before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender who worked at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. Beloved by all for its sweet yet intense taste and its beautifully patriotic red colour, there are actually quite a few recipes purporting to be the original Singapore Sling recipe. Each one is wildly different from the other. However, the following recipe is as close to the original one created all those years ago at the Long Bar.

The Singapore Sling


2 ounces gin

3/4 ounces Cherry Heering

2 teaspoons Benedictine

2 teaspoons Cointreau

2 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

2 dashes real pomegranate grenadine

1 dash Angostura bitters

Soda water

Real maraschino cherry, for garnish

Pineapple wedge, for garnish

Orange wheel or twist, for garnish


Combine all except soda and garnishes in a shaker full of ice.

Shake, and strain into a tall glass (highball or Collins) with a few lumps of ice.

Top with a splash of soda water.

Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange wheel.

 Stick a miniature Singapore flag into the drink.

 Make your way to the nearest Merlion or statue of Sir Stamford Raffles.

 Put this song on repeat, because it’s still the best National Day song ever.


Lean back and enjoy your drink!

Happy National Day, everyone!

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