Singapore, Singapore – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Since its conception in 1915 by legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the Singapore Sling has become more myth than cocktail. Despite being considered the de facto national drink of Singapore, its modern-day mix comes in so many forms that even if you think you’ve had it, you probably haven’t.
To add to the mystery, but more importantly, to celebrate this iconic creation and the 125 years since the hotel’s opening in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore’s iconic Long Bar has created a new champagne sling. The 1887 sling, with a base of the hotel’s limited-edition Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve champagne, offers a subtle twist on the hotel’s traditional recipe. While the recipe for this intricate cocktail will be kept a closely guarded secret, its creator, Randolf Velasco, reveals that Gordons gin, cointreau and essence of orange, lemon and lime all contribute to the libation’s one-of-a-kind flavor.
The indulgent anniversary sling, available from September exclusively at Raffles hotels worldwide, invites guests to share in the nation’s great classic cocktail and in the spirit of local tradition, spark a debate over its real recipe.