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Classic Singapore Sling Recipe

Get in the Tropical Mindset by Sipping On This Classic Tiki Tipple

If you've ever sipped a Singapore Sling, you already know just how special this classic tiki tipple is. If you're not yet acquainted, it's a drink that's at once both sweet, tart, and strong, with just enough bitterness to round it all out. (Plus, how fun are the garnishes?) Offered at many tiki bars, it's one to seek out, or better yet, make for your next cocktail hour or dinner party.

Don't let the daunting ingredient list dissuade you from giving this classic a chance. Sure, it requires some up-front investment in ingredients (namely, the Bénédictine and Cherry Heering), but the results are so very worth it. Plus, we've rounded up a handful of cocktails using each of these liqueurs, so that your bottles won't gather dust.

Recipes using Bénédictine:
Vieux Carré
Monte Carlo
Bitter Tom
Rolls Royce
De La Louisiane

Recipes using Cherry Heering:
Blood and Sand
Boo Radley
The Viering
Tom Terrific
On Second Thought — bonus: this also uses Bénédictine

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling


2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce Cherry Heering
2 teaspoons Bénédictine
2 teaspoons Cointreau
2 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 dashes grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
Soda water
1 maraschino cherry, such as Luxardo, for garnish
Orange twist, for garnish
Mint sprig, for garnish


  1. Add the gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, Cointreau, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a splash of soda water; stir. Garnish with a cherry, an orange twist, and a sprig of mint.
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vohrtex vohrtex 5 years
At the end of a long business trip to Singapore hosted by a very dry crowd, I had my first cocktail, a singapore sling, at Raffles Hotel. They claim to be the originators. It was delicious, and their version had pineapple in it. The hotel gist shop had pre-mix in mini bottles, all that was needed was some pineapple juice, ice, a shaker, and soda water. It was no where near as good as the original, but then atmosphere could have been a big contributor.
nancita nancita 5 years
Wow that is a serious complicated cocktail. I'm with Party; I need to head to Smugglers and have them make me one. I still haven't been there!
katieisfresh katieisfresh 5 years
To be honest. I have never had a Singapore Sling before, but by the picture and the ingredients this sounds fairly good.
partysugar partysugar 5 years
Now I want to go to Smugglers and get one of these. Like right now.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
OMGoodness! I love these and when I order them in "so-called hip places" the tender always screws up their face - either they don't know how to make it or they know I'm an old lady. I still love them :drinks:
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