Tuesday, September 16, 2008

singapore sling

this is a singapore sling:
it only looks good in this tiny version, but i thought this poster version of it, which i found on google images, fit tangobaby's romantic notion of it as a retro drink, which it surely is. i've had one at the long bar (on my first trip to singapore lo so many moons ago), but didn't want to order one just in order to photograph it, as it's a bit sweet for me. tho' it contains gin and is sometimes called a singapore gin sling and we do know that i adore gin. however, it's just a bit too fruity.

it was invented sometime between 1910 and 1915 by a guy named Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel. it contains gin, cherry brandy and benedictine. it's a tad fizzy, so i think it also must contain some club soda or perhaps even 7-Up, but the recipe i read in some visitor's guide didn't really say that. it's always got a big bunch of fruit slices on the side and is served in a glass much like the one in the picture above. unless you get it on singapore airlines, in which case it's in a smaller more airline-y glass.

don't say i never teach you anything here on moments of perfect clarity. :-)


Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Well, you learn something new every day, especially coming here ;)
I'm not a drinker but you made that sound appetising just the same...

tangobaby said...

Well, if it's fruity and sweet and comes with an umbrella and/or pineapple and/or a maraschino cherry, I'm all for it.

If you stay in that mall that is Singpore, and I can't join you, please promise you'll drink at least one, just for us. (If you want to dress up for it, and have some obliging waiter take your photo, then that would be super fun, too.)

Thank you for our continued education and edification.

Tin (ni Johann) said...

Hi, Julie!

They sell a bottled version of Singapore Sling at Changi Airport -- really yummy when mixed with Sprite/7-Up. ^_^

- Khristine