Over the last century, the Singapore sling has enchanted drinkers with its classic gin cocktail. Ngiam Tong Boon, a Singaporean born in 1883, is believed to have invented it near 1915 at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. There is some dispute about its origin, but it is a sparkling, semi-sweet fruity punch with a delectable taste. It is nearly impossible to obtain a Singapore sling recipe that is identical, and few agree on basic ingredients or the formula.
The “original” Raffles recipe was apparently destroyed during the 1930s, although many claims they were the original recipe. There is a certain similarity between each version in that the gin, citrus, sweetener, and soda are all included. Singapore slings are considered among the best by many bartenders due to the presence of Bénédictine, which lends the liqueur its herbaceous flavor. One of the more recent variations of the recipe is this one. Known cocktail recipes have also been found in older books that are as intriguing as modern ones. Pineapple juice to grenadine to orange liqueur are just a few examples. There is no wrong way to mix a Singapore sling, and it is a fascinating drink that is well worth your time.