Cliché? Maybe. Sweet? Definitely. Worth a taste? Absolutely.
There are a few “must do” activities for visitors of Singapore. Most guide books will include the usual attractions such as the Singapore Flyer and a trip to Sentosa; stops at world famous dining spots both elegant and casual; and maybe a tour of Singapore vibrant ethnic communities. Lurking on these lists, you’re sure to find some mention of the Singapore Sling.
The Cosmo team and searched the island high and low to bring you all the hot spots to try this iconic drink.
Upon arrival at the newly relocated Bitters & Love, the dim lighting and soothing acoustic music instantly lulled me into relaxation mode. The folks here have created a version of the Sling called Singapura Love ($23), with fresh, unique fruits. Head bartender Naz shared the secret on what makes his creation extra special: a generous splash of Angostura bitters and geranium gin with geranium flowers—pricey ingredients rarely found in other bars. Served in a cute vintage floral tin cup, the refreshingly sweet and sour tropical tastes enticed all my senses. I’m thoroughly impressed by their original and customisable concoctions! Yum! –FM
118 Telok Ayer Street, Tel: 6438 1836
With nail salon Manicurious sharing the same space as this swanky bar, this is one winning combo. Alex, the bartender, serves up a Singapore Sling ($23++) uniquely crafted with homemade cherry brandy and pomegranate syrup. Fruity flavours ride you through but they don’t steal the thunder of Alex’s cherry brandy. It’s the go-to place if you’re in dire need of a drink and a manicure at the same time (which of course, we ALWAYS are!). –MM
20 Kandahar Street, Tel: 6294 0078
Hopscotch Bar’s Sing Sling 5O ($23) pays homage to the classic version of the Singapore Sling by keeping the base traditional, but what seem like minor alterations really make the flavours pop. Fresh pineapple foam is used instead of juice, adding a proper intensity to the drink’s tropical undertones. Instead of saccharine-sweet grenadine, a tangy hibiscus syrup is used for a sparky zing that will awaken even the sleepiest, post-work taste buds. Joel, the friendly bartender, revealed that a mix of herbs and spices was also used—including kaffir lime leaves for a gorge lightness. The flavours worked amazingly well together and I was slurping it down. A seal of approval!
P.S: The funky, almost mohawk-worthy pineapple garnish is just insta-perfect! –EN
Red Dot Traffic Building, #01-04, Tel: 6837
The moody, vintage shophouse vibe combined with killer views of Marina Bay Sands are a far cry from the sports bars at Boat Quay. There’s no menu here, just tell your barman (Hey, Edwin!) what you’re in the mood for, and your wish is their command. Their Amarena Sling ($22+), made with fresh pineapple and house made grenadine, was ah-mazing, ah-Sam. We’ll be back! –LC
60A Boat Quay, Tel: 6535 0838
Blink and you might just miss the entrance of this bar. Maison Ikkoku is a nice, quiet spot to wind down your week with a group of friends. The MI (Maison Ikkoku) SG 50th Sling ($30++ ) is concocted with ingredients like fresh pomegranate, pandan and homemade cherry brandy—which takes a month to prepare. Instead of Cointreau, blood orange liqueur is used to give the vibrant red colour typical of the Singapore Sling. The cocktail itself has a balance of both sweet and citrusy flavours at the same time. –JH
20 Kandahar Street . Tel: 6294 0078
By Ferhanah Mazlan, Emily Ng, Maya Menon, Lucy Cleeve, Joelyn Ho, Cosmopolitan, August 2015
Photos: Writers’ own; top photo: 123rf.com