I’ve never been a great fan of cocktails.But then, I’ve never had a Singapore Sling!
But then, I’ve never had a Singapore Sling!
What a drink! What a totally fabulous place! If you ever visit Singapore, don’t hesitate to visit Raffles, that last bastion of the British Empire, almost hidden though it is in the dense jungle of high-rises. It is still magical. So evocative of the days of the Raj, days of punkah-wallahs, peanuts strewn on the floor, birds swooping down onto the floor to eat their fill from the casually discarded nutshells.
We were told that between 2 to 3 huge sacks of peanuts containing about 30 kilos each are used every day. We were actively encouraged to drop our peanuts on the floor …We were also told by our delightful Indian waiter that approximately 1000 slings costing about 28 Singapore dollars each are consumed every day! Work that out ….
A Singapore Sling is the quintessential South-east Asian cocktail and Raffles, named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, is THE place in which to drink it. You will love it just like I did: all those memories of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling …it is nostalgia at its absolute best.