Many people credit the creation of this delicious pre-prohibition era cocktail to Ngiam Tong Boon. Ngiam Boon was a bartender at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around 1910 – 1915. However this story is not 100% verified as the drink was not recorded on paper until 1922 by Robert Vermiere. His book “Cocktails and How to Mix Them” refers to the drink as the “straits Sling” and does not reference the Raffles Hotel as the creator. There is another version of this cocktail still listed on the Raffles Hotel menu but I will be focusing on the classic.
Glass: 11 oz sling
Method: build and stir
Ingredients: 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 2 dashes of orange bitters, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1/2 Benedictine, 1/2 oz dry cherry brandy, 2 oz gin, soda water,
- Add ingredients to the sling besides the soda water
- Add soda water to top
- Garnish with pineapple and maraschino cherry to garnish