Happy Hour Tuesday!
The protagonist of this week’s blog is a South-East Asian cocktail that has been around for almost a century and comes all the way from the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Singapore Sling. Born to be a very feminine drink – as a matter of fact the color is pink!- Singapore Sling is a must for men and women that travel to Singapore, and it is surely appreciated all over the world.
Precursor to Singapore Sling was a drink called Strait Sling, that for some reason in the late 1920’s stopped to be served, and once the hotel decided to serve it again they could not find the original recipe. We do have though a scribbled recipe that can be seen at the Raffles Hotel Museum and that seems to be one of the notes from the original recipe, based on gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine and pineapple juice.
Singapore Sling is one of those drinks that have had modified quite a few times that pretty much everywhere around the world the taste is different from the one served at the Raffles Hotel. Sometimes more gin was added, other times pineapple juice would be substituted by club soda to give it that foamy aspect, sometimes some bartenders skip the Benedictine and bitters at the base of this complex cocktail.
Today Singapore Sling is considered Singapore’s national beverage, and it’s not by chance that it was created at the Log Bar of the Raffles Hotel which takes the name after Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles. And guess what, Ernest Hemingway was a frequent guest here too!
Rometti would like to present you a slightly-revised Singapore Sling version with the introduction of Rometti Limoncello. Singapore Lemon Sling is a bittersweet, textured cocktail that mixes orange and lemon flavors with herbal hints. We hope you enjoy it!
1 oz gin
1/2 oz cherry brandy
4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
1/4 oz benedictine herbal liqueur
1/3 oz Rometti Limoncello
1/3 oz grenadine syrup
1 dash Angostura® bitters
Put all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.
photos © Grablewski, Alexandra