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Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel
Posted By adventureswithben On October 5, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Asia,Food & Drink,Hotels,Singapore | Comments Disabled
There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist (it’s part of my travel philosophy). And drinking a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar  at the Raffles Hotel  is high up on the “touristy” list of things to do in Singapore.
The famous Singapore Sling is a fruity, alcoholic drink that originated at the Raffles Hotel way back in 1915. The bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, invented it as a drink for British Ladies (thus it’s striking pink color) because they weren’t supposed to be seen drinking in public.
Anyone is welcome to drink it today, as long as you’re willing to shell out the S$25 ($19 American) for a glass. Yes adventurers, this is one expensive drink, but alas it’s a necessary drink as a visit to Singapore isn’t complete without sampling one.
Alright, I know what you’re thinking, can’t I just make one at home? Well, if you have a fully stocked bar, go for it. Here’s the ingredients and recipe for a Singapore Sling:
Mix it all together and you have this fruity, smooth and delicious drink. After one sip you can understand how it’s reputation traveled the globe and continues to this day, nearly a century later.
The Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel is where you can find the Singapore Sling. Pulling up onto the hotel grounds is like taking a trip into the past. It was built in 1887, and reminded me of the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe (similar architecture and similar history with British influence).
Though renovations to the hotel have moved the Long Bar from it’s position in the main building to one of the many adjacent buildings, it’s charm remains the same. Visitors to the Long Bar today include businesspeople schmoozing their expat clients to budget backpackers, but the same spirit of adventure from eras gone by remains the same. Pith helmets, smoking jackets and ascots not required.
Singapore’s tradition of strict rule is loosened up inside the bar. Every table has a bowl of peanuts and visitors are welcome to throw their shells on the ground. Yes adventurers, sanctioned littering in Singapore, it is possible.
A full-service menu is available, but I say spend your dinner money elsewhere and just have the drink.
When you’re done with your drink, keep your coaster. It’s made out of paper and can’t really be used again anyway. So before your server picks it up with your empty glass and throws it away, put it in your backpack for a reminder of your travel back in time.
Yes, sometimes price gauging is an inevitable part of being a tourist. But can you really leave Singapore without having it’s namesake drink at the place that originated at all? As long as you walk into the bar knowing what you’re in for ahead of time, it’ll be okay. Honest. Besides, the drink is yummy and you can’t get it like that anywhere else on the planet!
What’s the most expensive drink you’ve ever bought and where was it? Comment with your story.
I’ll see you out there…!
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