The Singapore Sling Recipe

Fresh and delicious, the best Sling brings together gin, cherry heering, Benedictine, and lime.

Photograph: Paul Clarke

Of all the drinks that have been mangled over the years, perhaps no recipe has been more tromped upon than that for the drink with one of the greatest names in mixology: the Singapore Sling.

The Singapore Sling (in the form of its ancestral relative, the Straits Sling) dates to the closing years of the 19th century. By the 1920s, the drink had adopted its more familiar moniker and was associated with the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, which continues to serve the sling as its house drink.

It would seem to be a simple matter to just cite Raffles' recipe as the preferred mix, except for a couple of problems: first, all convenient barroom legends and Wikipedia listings aside, the drink didn't originate at Raffles, and there are related though different recipes that share top billing for "original"; and second, the version of the Singapore Sling currently served at Raffles Hotel is, from the numerous accounts I've heard (not having had an opportunity to visit Singapore), so saccharine-sweet and gloopy as to be undrinkable.

I can't say for sure if this recipe below is the original—nobody can, so I'm off the hook on that one—but as cocktail historian David Wondrich points out in this month's Esquire (from which this recipe is taken), this version can lay some claim to historical authenticity. Even more important, it falls into the category of "delicious".

Which, after all, is what it's all about.

Recipe Facts

Active: 1 min
Total: 1 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


  • Ice

  • 1 ounce gin (Tanqueray or Beefeater recommended)

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce Cherry Heering or Bols Cherry Brandy

  • 1 ounce Benedictine (optional)

  • Chilled club soda

  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Pineapple spear, cherry, and/or orange slice for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine gin, lime juice, Cherry Heering, and Benedictine in a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, and dash bitters into the drink. Garnish with a pineapple spear, cherry, orange slice or nothing at all.

Special equipment

Collins glass

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
201 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 82mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)