ENJOY A SINGAPORE SLING AT RAFFLES

ENJOY A SINGAPORE SLING AT RAFFLES

When I got to Singapore, I scanned down my bucket list and there in the number one slot was to enjoy a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel. In my opinion, It just had to be done. It’s thought by many people to be the national drink of the country and so when I arrived in Singapore I made my way to their famous Long Bar for the evening.

When I first reached the hotel, I couldn’t believe the grandeur. I definitely felt a bit more than a little shabby in my backpacker clothes! But regardless, I was welcomed into the bar with open arms and so took full advantage of the fact. Ticking this experience on my bucket list was a delight and is a must when visiting Singapore. Keeping reading to find out more.

The Background

There is an interesting story which comes with the Singapore Sling. It was created in 1917 by Ngiam Tong Boon. He saw that the gentlemen of the colonial era were sipping on whiskey and gin but the ladies were without a drink in hand as it was not deemed appropriate. Gentlewomen were only allowed to drink tea or fruit juices. Therefore he decided to create an alcoholic cocktail which looked like fruit juice with a pretty rose hue and called it a fruit punch. It became an overnight success and the rest is history.

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Getting Here

The easiest way to reach Raffles Hotel is by Singapore’s excellently efficient Metro (MRT). You can alight at Esplanade station and follow the signs for around 5 minutes to the magnificent colonial hotel.

If you’re approaching by bus there are plenty of stops which are near Raffles, the 14 or 14E are probably best.

Choose your sling

To my surprise, there isn’t just the one Singapore sling which is on the Long Bars extensive drinks menu. There’s a winter sling, autumn sling, summer sling, fruit sling and any other sling you can think of! I decided to choose the original sling along with many other patrons and it was just delicious.

The slings do not come up cheap at $30 Singapore Dollars a piece but you’re paying for the experience of being at Raffles. The bar has stayed true to it’s heritage and so you can transport yourself in time, sit back and enjoy.

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Feel free to Litter

Singapore is famous for it’s littering laws, as it is passionate on being exceptionally clean. For example, if you spit your chewing gum out onto the floor, you will be paying a hefty $1000 fine on the spot.

This is not the case at Raffles hotel however where littering is actually encouraged. Ngiam Tong Boon was famous for throwing his peanut shells on the floor and it’s still a traditions which is held today. When you walk into the Long bar you will be crushing peanut shells all over the floor and the staff come through to sweep away thousands. You will find a sack of complimentary peanuts on your tables so just start nibbling and throw your shells away!

 

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Around Raffles Hotel

Although you will most likely be visiting Raffles just to sip a Singapore sling, the adventure doesn’t have to stop there. Raffles is a huge complex which you can explore at your leisure. You can wander around the courtyards, go designer shopping, eat at one of the many five star restaurants and have a look inside their amazing gift shop. Don’t be shy, it’s all here for you to enjoy.

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It is almost a sin to visit Singapore and not try a Sling and if you can afford it, I would highly recommend you experiencing it at Raffles. You will be transported to a world of imperial luxury and enjoy an evening with patrons sipping cocktails until well into the night. Make sure you add this one to your bucket list.

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Sophie Pearce

Sophie Pearce is the founder of Third Eye Traveller. Always having itchy feet and a restless soul seeking adventure, she has now travelled to over 30+ countries, many of them solo. Leaving her heart in India, which gifted her a “Third Eye”, she felt inspired to share her travel stories in the hope of encouraging others to explore this big beautiful world of ours.

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