This is just one example of how my life is benefited and enriched daily by the AAPI community and Asian culture, and so I would like to share some appreciation, love, acceptance and recognition here.
The Singapore Sling is credited to a Hainanese man named Ngiam Tong Boon, who was the bar captain of the Long Bar at the Raffles hotel in Singapore in the early 20th century. Like many cocktail creators he was secretive of his recipe, allegedly keeping it in a safe until his death in 1915. He led an amazing life, and is survived by many Ngiam descendants. Please follow the link and read the article about him on diffordguide.com which is based off of his various relatives recollections.
Like many older classic cocktail recipes, especially when the recipe was a secret closely guarded, this one has changed over time. It was probably based off of a gin sling, and it seems likely that it was pink in the beginning. According to family lore Ngiam’s original recipe was more a citrusy, herbal cocktail with a cherry brandy much like the recipe below, but after his death the pineapple became more prominent as a cost saving measure, these things happen.
Singapore Sling (adapted from thespruceats.com)
1 1/2 oz. gin
1 oz. Bénédictine
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. cheery heering
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. club soda
Garnish maraschino cherry
Combine all ingredients except the club soda in a shaker and shake until chilled and diluted. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.