Raffles Outdoor Bar - Singapore
Raffles Outdoor Bar – Singapore

The Raffles Hotel has many drinking facilities including an outdoor bar as shown above. The other renown bar is called the Long Bar. You can imagine the types of drinks one could order from these bars.

The Singapore Sling is a long drink was developed sometime before 1915 by bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Recipes published in articles about Raffles Hotel before the 1970s are significantly different from current recipes, and “Singapore Slings” drunk elsewhere in Singapore differ from the recipe used at Raffles Hotel.

The current Raffles Hotel recipe is a heavily modified version of the original, most likely changed sometime in the 1970s. Today, many of the “Singapore Slings” served at Raffles Hotel have been pre-mixed. They are then blended instead of shaken to create a nice, foamy top as well as to save time because of the large number of orders. However, it is still possible to request a shaken version from bartenders.

By the 1980s, the Singapore Sling was often little more than gin, bottled sweet and sour, and grenadine. With the move towards fresh juices and the re-emergence of quality products like Cherry Heering, the cocktail has again become a semblance of its former self.

At the entrance to the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
At the entrance to the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel, Singapore

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