Raffles Singapore Celebrates 100 Years of the Singapore Sling
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
A host of activities planned to commemorate the world’s favourite and famous pink cocktail
SINGAPORE, Raffles Singapore is paying tribute to one of the world’s most iconic cocktails as the Singapore Sling marks its Centennial Anniversary this year. The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink of the country, was first created in 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. It later went on to gain international fame and a century later, is still enjoyed around the globe.
“The Singapore Sling is a world renowned cocktail and its enormous success has become synonymous with Raffles Singapore,” said Simon Hirst, General Manager, Raffles Singapore. “In recognition of its 100th birthday, we want to highlight its sweet success with special events to encourage everyone to discover, rediscover and enjoy the Singapore Sling.”
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, a myriad of activities has been planned throughout 2015. From commemorative merchandise to desserts inspired by the Singapore Sling, there are many opportunities to participate in the celebrations. Sign up for the Singapore Sling Masterclass, where bartenders from the Long Bar will divulge the secret to making the perfect cocktail or spend the night at the Raffles Singapore with the Singapore Sling 100th Anniversary Suite Package.
The Singapore Sling 100th Anniversary Suite Package from S$1,380++ immerses guests in the complete Sling experience. In addition to nightly accommodation in a luxurious Courtyard Suite with breakfast for two, guests will enjoy a 30-minute private session at the Long Bar with elite bartenders who will demonstrate how to whip up the cocktail. If guests work up an appetite from all of the behind-the-bar activity, they can satiate the stomach with delicious satay (a local dish of succulent pieces of grilled meat served on a wooden skewer). At the end of the workshop, stroll over to the Gift Shop to pick up the complimentary Singapore Sling gift basket worth S$300. Inside, an assortment of Sling memorabilia promises to evoke fond memories of the Raffles experience.
For cocktail lovers with a sweet tooth, the SlingaPore is the perfect way to indulge. Inspired by the Singapore Sling, the cake is an irresistible pastel pink and is both zesty and honeyed at the same time – thanks to the lime sponge paired with pineapple mousse, Singapore Sling marmalade and cherry jelly. Sold as individual servings or a whole cake in Ah Teng’s Bakery, it can also be enjoyed at Raffles Grill restaurant in the dessert course of the classic 1950s’ Elizabethan Grill Tribute Tasting Menu (S$250++). The menu is specially created to celebrate the Republic of Singapore’s 50th birthday this year and features dishes such as Dover Sole Fillet and Welsh Lamb Saddle.
Ever wondered how the Singapore Sling is made by the pros? Participate in the Singapore Sling Masterclass (S$88++ per person with a minimum of 10 persons) where the bartenders at the hotel’s Long Bar will disclose the tricks to make the perfect cocktail. In between blending the gin, Dom Benedictine and Cointreau, visitors can snack on juicy skewers of satay served with a delectable peanut sauce and crunchy cucumber slices. After all that mixing and shaking, a special commemorative Singapore Sling glass is presented as a memento – and perhaps it might even inspire your own a Sling session at home.
No visit to the iconic Raffles Singapore is complete without a side trip to its Gift Shop. This year, the Gift Shop is stocked with a range of Singapore Sling merchandise that will make the perfect gift. In addition to the perennially available Sling-flavoured chocolates and marmalade, the collection has expanded to include key chains, T-shirts and tea. The Singapore Sling Glass, just like the ones served at the Long Bar, is also for sale, updated this year with the commemorative 100th anniversary logo.
Whether guests choose to stay, eat or shop with Raffles Singapore, a visit to the Lion City is complete without stopping by the Long Bar to enjoy a Singapore Sling. Open at 11am every day, the bar fills up quickly with both guests and visitors to the city, eager to try the world-renowned drink right where it was founded.
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About Raffles Singapore
Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world. Till today, its architecture is perfectly preserved both inside and out, giving it an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and classic colonial design. Within its walls are 103 expansive suites, framed by polished teak verandas and white marble colonnades, clustered around lush tropical gardens. Each is serviced by the legendary Raffles butlers and offers every modern convenience necessary.
Some fourteen restaurants and bars dot the Raffles, recalling the atmosphere of an elegant age. Among the most well-loved include the elegant Raffles Grill; Long Bar, where the famous Singapore Sling was created; and Writers Bar, a tribute to the novelists and travel writers, the likes of Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling and James Michener just to name a few, who have become part of the hotel’s legend.
Adjoining the hotel is the Raffles Hotel Arcade, which offers a broad range of facilities for visitors to enjoy. These include 40 specialty boutiques, indoor and outdoor private event spaces – The Ballroom and The Lawn – and 388-seat theatre venue Jubilee Hall.
About Raffles Hotel & Resorts
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises twelve luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, the Philippines, Paris, Istanbul and Jakarta, each one is an oasis of calm and charm.
The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in key destinations scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with more than 110 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. raffles.com