Singapore Sling at The Long Bar
Singapore Sling at The Long Bar

Singapore Sling at The Long Bar

Who can come to Singapore and not try a Singapore Sling or two???

Not I!

Even though we were running out of time in this city, and we had already dragged the children from pillar to post, we had one last stop to make.  The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel for the famous cocktail.

The Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

The Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

Lets face it, Mr GG knew that if I didn’t try it this trip he would be bringing me back in the VERY near future…

So we walked from Little Indian to Raffles Hotel, probably about 2kms given that we were a little lost. We had intended to catch a cab but didn’t seem to see any vacant ones along the way.  Then I noticed the buildings had started to look more colonial in style and familiar, so I knew we were too close to get a cab.  Sure enough we rounded a corner and saw the most exquisite of colonial English architecture, Raffles Hotel.

The entrance to the bar is at the side of the building and up two flights of stairs.  Singapore seems to have a very lax policy to children in bars but we quickly took a seat in a dark corner away from the service area just the same.

Complimentary Peanuts at the Long Bar Singapore

Complimentary Peanuts at the Long Bar Singapore

We need not have worried, the waiter was around in a flash delivering a box of peanuts to the table and taking our order.  There were no menus on the table but I knew what I wanted and Mr GG was having a pint of beer, the kids ordered a soft drink each and we sat back and took in out surroundings.

Long Bar Lemonade for the Children

Long Bar Lemonade for the Children

The long bar is very 1950’s safari suit British in style, with the swaying bamboo fans on the ceiling, the bamboo furniture and wood trim bar, mosaic tiled floors, it looked like something out of a movie scene. The only thing missing was an elephant gun and Clarke Gable

Swaying Fans in The Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel

Swaying Fans in The Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel

I was here to try the famous Singapore Sling a Raffles tradition since before 1915.

Original Singapore Sling - Raffles Hotel

Original Singapore Sling – Raffles Hotel

Singapore Sling at The Long Bar
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Cuisine: British
Author: Julie
Serves: 1
The famous Singapore Sling as served in Raffles Hotel Singapore
  • 30ml Gin
  • 15ml Cherry Heering
  • 7.5ml Dom Benedictine
  • 7.5ml Cointreau
  • 20mlSarawak Pineapple Juice
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 10ml Grenadine
  • a dash of Angostura Bitters
  • pineapple wedge and glace cherry to garnish
  1. Add the ingredients to a shaker and shake well with ice.
  2. Pour into a tall serving glass.
  3. Garnish with fruit.

You will be interested to know that the Singapore Sling was absolutely delicious. It would have been easy to drink quite a few of these very quickly as they were lovely and sweet, but at $28 each I put the brakes on after the second and took down the recipe instead.

The Long Bar - Raffles Hotel

The Long Bar – Raffles Hotel

Tell me readers, do you get obsessed with trying things an area, country or hotel is famous for?  Do you find it necessary to seek out the local beers, wines, cheese or chocolate?



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  1. Wow $28 for a cocktail?! I don’t think I’ve ever had one like that before! But I think when in Singapore you’ve got to have it right!

  2. That’s pretty spendy. I had a daiquiri at the bar that Hemingway used to frequent in Havana and we got dinner too and I’m not sure if the whole it cost more than $28. 🙂 (It probably did but the drinks were nowhere near $28 each. Ouch.

    I would have bought one too.

  3. Yes, I do, especially the cheese and chocolates since I’m on the jolly old wagon these days. We went to a great farm cheese shop in the far north east of Scotland on this recent trip, a huge treat.

    I had to visit Raffles when I was there in the dim and distant pre-kids days but was a poor backpacker so no Slings were slung for me. It is a special spot through, isn’t it. I’d been in Malaysia for a few months and had been reading heaps of Somerset Maugham so it was great to get there.

  4. Wow that’s one expensive drink. But I have to admit that it looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I always dreamed of having a Bellini while in Venice but the best one I had was not at Harry’s Bar. 🙂

  6. I have never had a Singapore Sling as I’m not keen on cocktails but I’m sure if I went to Singapore I would go to Raffles and order one, even though I think $28 is too much to pay for a cocktail. But…when in Rome… xx

  7. Ouchy, so expensive! I would pay that for a dinner and drinks here. I have never been a fan of gin but as a former bartender I can whip up some good drinks!

  8. I rarely drink and I would have had one. 🙂 I say if they’re famous for it, you must try it (within reason, of course). 😉

  9. I would absolutely get one, in fact I have been there and had one years ago. You now have the experience. I was in Newtown at lunch time today and cocktails were $20.00 in a little place on King street, so hey why not get one in Singapore and enjoy .

  10. You know, I’ve never had a Singapore Sling *blushes*.. must so catch up on my A-Z of cocktails 😛

  11. If in Singapore and in proximity of the Raffles Hotel, it’s almost a requirement to try the establishment’s famous drink, nest-ce pas? …One of the nice things about travel is that practical budget practices of home can be exchanged for a fun experience =)

    Thank you, as always, Julie for sharing your adventures =)

  12. We tried one of these at Raffles too and littlej tried a Virgin Singapore Sling. They were delicious indeed and just what was needed on a steamy hot afternoon 🙂

  13. At $28 I’d be sticking to lemonade for the rest of the night 😛

  14. Wow an expensive drink for sure and glad you got the recipe 🙂 Now we can make this ourselves!!

  15. Oh the shame. I’ve been to Singapore multiple times but never had a Singapore Sling.

  16. Dear Julie,

    Drinks at Singapore’s pubs and bars are ridiculously expensive compared to our pubs back home.

    The best thing I like about the Long Bar is that one can throw the peanut shells all over the floor – one place in Singapore that you won’t get fined for littering!

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