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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Raffles Singapore Sling

Posted by tophat665. Created by Ngiam Tong Boon, Long Bar, Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
1 1⁄2 oz Gin
1⁄4 oz Bénédictine
1⁄2 oz Lime juice
1 Maraschino cherry (as garnish)
1 wdg Pineapple (as garnish)

Shake vigorously with ice to build a nice head of foam. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a chunk of pineapple.


Originally served without garnish. An orange twist is also optional.
Can be strained into a highball and topped with soda. Lemon Juice can be substituted for lime, and any aromatic bitters for Angostura.


A Variant of the gin sling. My research suggests that this is as likely as any to be the original, authentic recipe, and more likely than most. Embury avows he's never seen two recipes alike for this drink. 1915 is one of several years in which this might have been created, between 1912 and 1921, but seems likely.

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Average rating
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(30 ratings)

From the Knowledge Vault

The Gimlet

“that which I have seene most fruitful is sower [sour] oranges and lemons . . . I wish that some learned man would write of it [scurvy], for it is the plague of the sea, and the spoyle of mariners.”
— Sir Richard Hawkins, 1590

A gimlet is a small hand drill, meant (back when things were still sealed in barrels) to drill a hole in a barrel and let whatever was put inside out. A gimlet pierces things, and so people with a sharp gaze were “gimlet-eyed”. A Gimlet also pierces. Made from gin and lime, it’s meant to be a short, sharp drink tossed down the hatch, but modern, craft oriented bartenders take one look at the neon-green, corn syrup filled Rose’s lime juice that’s supposed to go into the drink and think about either making their own lime cordial or simply substituting fresh lime juice and sugar. And I don’t think they’re wrong.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Hunter's Verdict, 4 days ago Mixin In Ansley commented:

    Orange bloom, but rather monolithic. Could use some complexity.

  • Re The Bellman, 4 days ago Shawn C commented:

    Very good! As another commented, 2 good dashes of Angostura seemed right (and it contributed baking spice without overpowering the cocktail as Angostura sometimes can.) The Carpano provides a broad, flavorful dark berry/wine base, while the Gran Classico contributes a pronounced and extended bitterness. Bigallet and the orange zest provide just the right balance of varied orange essence to complete this more complex Boulevardier riff.

  • Re Algiers Point, 4 days ago HallA commented:

    Not dry enough for me, kind of a vieux carre --sazerac mix that is inferior to both. May try and make again with my preferred vieux carre raitos and using the chartreuse instead of benedictine...

  • Re Aloe'n & Cynical, 5 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    A little too sweet - smoke is lost with heavy banana and slight bitter finish.

  • Re Cocktail à la Louisiane, 1 week ago jkim07 commented: