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Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your singapore sling to the next level.

What is a singapore sling?

This balanced and deliciously refreshing cocktail is a complex blend of gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, bitters, lime, Cointreau and pineapple juice. It’s thought to have been invented by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in Raffles hotel in Singapore in the early 20th century, as a variant on the gin sling.

Singapore sling ingredients

Balance out the sweet and fruity notes in this cocktail by using a juniper-forward or herbaceous gin. We’ve tried and tested the best gins here, check out the results. Do make sure you use fresh fruit juices for this recipe.

Bar hacks

As it’s a long drink with plenty of ice, a singapore sling is best served in a highball glass.
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Singapore sling recipe


  • 25ml gin
  • 1 tbsp cherry brandy
  • ½ tbsp benedictine
  • ½ tbsp Cointreau
  • 50ml pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • a dash Angostura bitters
  • sparkling water, to top up (optional)
  • pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    Put the gin, brandy, Bénédictine, Cointreau, pineapple juice, lime juice and Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well to combine, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

  • STEP 2

    Top up with a little sparkling water, if you like, and garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

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