Raffles Hotel, Singapore
I have always wanted to go to the Raffles Hotel to try a world famous Singapore Sling. I have been to Singapore a couple of times before, however it was always as a backpacker, so traipsing in wearing flip flops and yoga pants has never been suitable. So when I recently had a 6 hour stop over in Singapore, I didn’t hesitate and went straight there.
When arriving at the Raffles Hotel, instantly you feel mesmerized. It is beyond beautiful and although I didn’t stay there, just walking through the courtyard to get to the Long Bar is enough to make you feel lavish. On the website, the hotel is described as an “oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic, and one of a kind.” I would love to try and describe this in my own words but I couldn’t do it justice and I couldn’t agree more.
The Hotel first opened in 1887 and it has 15 restaurants and bars, including the famous Long Bar which is home to their signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling. The cocktail without doubt lived up to it’s expectations. It was really sweet yet refreshing and I found it really difficult to stop at just the one. Prior to this visit, I had read reviews that criticized the price of £12 as being too expensive, however I think it is well worth it. Not only for the divine taste of the cocktail it’s self but for the unique experience of spending time at the Raffles Hotel.
The Singapore Sling consists of:
- 3 cl – Gin
- 1.5 cl – Cherry brandy
- 0.75 cl – Cointreau
- 0.75 cl – DOM Bénédictine
- 1 cl (2 parts) – Grenadine
- 12 cl (16 parts) – Pineapple juice
- 1.5 cl- Fresh lime juice
- 1 dash – Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail cherry.I can’t wait to try and make my own!
The other things I absolutely loved about the Long Bar was the free monkey nuts and the swinging ceiling fans. They really gave the experience that colonial and historic edge.
Personally I feel that no trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. I really hope I get the opportunity to spend time there again in the future and maybe next time I will be more adventurous and try one of the Singapore Slings with lychee and champagne.