This classic cocktail was invented in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel where it started off as a Straits Sling. However, this appeared a little too dry for the contemporary taste buds, so the head bartender decided to sweeten it up a bit. Kirsch was replaced with cherry brandy and the drink was lengthened to make it more refreshing. The result – one of the most famous gin-based cocktails in the world, ready to refresh your taste-buds on a hot day and transport you to a fan cooled veranda on a hot and humid Singapore day. Aaaah. I can taste it now.
How to make it at home:
30ml of gin
30 ml of Benedictine
30 ml of fresh lime juice
60 ml of soda water
A dash of Angostura bitters
Build the first 4 ingredients in a tall ice-filled glass, then stir, top up with soda water and add the bitters.
For a spicy twist on the classic recipe, replace soda water with ginger beer or ginger ale, sit back and pretend you’re in Singapore.