Singapore Sling is a cocktail of Singaporean origin.

Singapore Sling

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Singapore Sling is a cocktail of Singaporean origin. It is a gin-based cocktail made with gin, orange liqueur, cherry liqueur, herbal liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, bitters, grenadine syrup, and club soda. It is considered to be a highball cocktail and may also be commercially bottled.

  • This cocktail was originally known as a gin sling.
  • It comes in a signature pink color and has mild tart and sweet flavors.

Some of the most popular drinks in Singapore include:

  • Kopi-O
  • Teh Tarik
  • Milo Dinosaur
  • Bandung
  • Bubble Tea
  • Tiger Beer
  • Sugarcane Juice
  • Chin Chow Drink
  • Barley Water
  • Singapore Sling

Origin of singapore sling

This originated at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in 1915 and is credited to Ngiam Tong Boon. It was created as a drink for women because they could not be seen to drink alcohol in public. Ngiam decided to create a cocktail that looked like a fruit juice so that women can drink in comfort without being judged in public. The original recipe was lost in the 1930s, so it is safe to assume that the current version of the drink is a modified version. This drink is considered to be the national drink of Singapore.


Nutritional profile for Singapore Sling (1 glass):

Gin has no nutritional value and without any vitamins and minerals, has empty calories. There are seven calories in every gram of alcohol. Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to several health problems, including affecting the brain’s functioning patterns and general lowering of immunity. Regular consumption of alcohol can increase the risk of heart disease, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer, as well as obesity, depression, and aging. Therefore, it is best to consume this drink responsibly and in moderation.

Commercial production

A Singapore Sling is a complex cocktail that calls for at least eight ingredients. The main ingredients required are gin, cherry liqueur, orange liqueur, herbal liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, bitters, and club soda. Cherry Heering is the best liqueur to use for this cocktail. Maraschino liqueur and Kirsch are best avoided due to their consistency and taste profile. 

Bénédictine is the most suited herbal liqueur for this drink, because of its unique flavor profile. Grenadine syrup is made from pomegranates and gives sweetness to the cocktail. Cointreau is the most preferred orange liqueur for use in this cocktail. However, it may be replaced by Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, if necessary.

Making a Singapore Sling is simple. First, all the ingredients are placed in a cocktail shaker along with ice and shaken well until chilled. Then, the drink is strained into a glass after which club soda is poured in. Singapore Sling is usually garnished with a piece of fruit.

Singapore sling recipes

This is a classic cocktail popular in bars around the world. Here are a few recipes:

FDA regulations

Alcohol is regulated by the TTB in the US. Gin is classified as a distilled spirit whose main flavor is derived from juniper berries and having at least 40 percent ABV. Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, and Curacao all fall under the liqueur or cordial class and are defined as orange flavored liqueur or cordial. Cherry liqueur is defined as cherry flavored brandy liqueur or cordial. Angostura bitter has no specific standard of identity but angostura is classified under substances recognized as safe. 

Lime juice must have at least 24.5 percent concentration. The FDA defines pineapple juice as the juice obtained from the flesh of ripe pineapples and intended for direct consumption. The juice must be devoid of any solid material such as shells, seeds, or other hard substances, or excessive pulp. Pineapple juice must have at least 12.8 percent concentration. Sugar or sucrose is defined as the product obtained by crystallization from sugar cane or sugar beet juice that has been extracted by pressing or diffusion, then clarified and evaporated.


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