Invented in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, this cocktail originally functioned as a covert way for women to enjoy adult beverages. At the time, local custom frowned upon women drinking alcoholic beverages in public. Teas or fruit punches were okay, so the creator of the Singapore Sling, Ngiam Tong Boon, made sure his cocktail had enough color to be able to pass as a fruit punch. The Cherry Heering cherry liqueur takes care of that, while the Benedictine rounds off the cherry sweetness and adds an impressive depth of flavor.
Here’s how to make one for yourself:
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Benedictine
- 1 oz Cherry Heering
- 4 oz soda water
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes bitters
- Add gin, Benedictine, Cherry Heering, and lime juice to Hurricane glass filled with ice.
- Top with soda, stir briefly and add bitters.
- Garnish with a lime and a cherry skewer.