Singapore Sling: Grand Prix Gourmet

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It’s said that bartender Ngiam Tong Boon invented the Singapore Sling over a hundred years ago at the Raffles Hotel. Some say that when he retired he took the secret ingredient with him.

So whether the recipe I use to create this delicious drink is one hundred percent authentic I can’t say, but I can tell you that it’s refreshing, tasty and has a bit of a kick 🙂

It’s much better if you use freshly squeezed pineapple juice rather than a prepared variety and if you love fresh pineapple as much as I do, garnish the glass with a couple of slices from the fruit.

Mr Tong Boon made his version in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strained it into the glass. I prefer to mix the drink then pour it into a highball glass over a few ice cubes. In really warm weather, or to make a longer drink, top up the glass with soda water or your favourite bottled sparkling water.

 

Singapore Sling

Rating 

Serves: 1 drink

Ingredients
  • ½ measure gin
  • ¼ measure cherry brandy
  • ¼ measure pineapple juice
  • A few drops of Cointreau and Benedictine
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Soad water (optional)
  • Fresh pineapple slices to garnish
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients (except pineapple slices into a cocktail shaker over ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain and pour into a highball glass and add soda water if liked
  4. Garnish with fresh pineapple

 

You can,of course, vary the fruit you use to garnish the drink. The traditional version uses a cocktail cherry in addition to pineapple but some might find those  little overpoweringly sweet. Choose whatever you like best.

Enjoy!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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