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Classic Singapore Sling Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 24, 2020 • 1 min read

The Singapore Sling is a classic gin cocktail that’s known for being refreshing and fruity—but the official recipe is a matter of debate. There are only a few things we know for sure about the original Singapore Sling: first, that it was created in the early 1900s at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore; second, that it is gin-based; and third, that it has a pretty pink color.

There are two main recipes for the Singapore Sling. The first comes from the Raffles Hotel, which claims that the original recipe called for a combination of gin, cherry brandy (also called cherry liqueur), Cointreau liqueur, Bénédictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and bitters. Another recipe for the Singapore Sling comes from Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book and calls simply for gin, cherry brandy, lemon juice, and club soda. When making your own Singapore Slings, try out a few different variations and come up with a combination that you like best.

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Classic Singapore Sling Recipe

Makes
1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces gin (preferably dry gin)
  • ½ ounce cherry brandy or cherry heering
  • ¼ ounce Cointreau
  • ¼ ounce Bénédictine
  • 4 ounces fresh pineapple juice (preferably fresh pineapple juice)
  • ½ ounce lime juice (preferably fresh lime juice)
  • ⅓ ounce grenadine
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Slice of pineapple or maraschino cherry, for garnish
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for the garnishes) into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled tall glass (like a Hurricane glass, highball glass, or Collins glass) filled with fresh ice. Garnish with the pineapple or cherry, if desired. Serve cold.

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