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


Serves: 1 drink

  • 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
  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.




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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