It’s A Long One!
My caption on the photo below went like this in facebook, “Uber busy these days but I finally got down for a quick meal with a super sweet friend who took pic of our lunch. There were 3 sliders but my hungry friend took one, hahas… Guess where was I this afternoon?”
Some readers and friends replied, “Long Bar at Raffles Hotel!”
The damning evidence? The spiral staircase in the photo gave it away.
Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore. It was established by two Armenian brothers from Persia — Martin and Tigran Sarkies — in 1887. In later years they were joined by younger brothers Aviet and Arshak and kinsman Martyrose Arathoon. With their innovative cuisine and extensive modernisations, the firm built the hotel into Singapore’s best known icon. It was named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, whose statue had been unveiled in 1887. – Wikipedia
Long Bar (F&B outlet) in Raffles Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling! Unfortunately, I am not a fan of that particular cocktail and thus did not order any during lunch. My friend had a gunner while I had chardonnay. For those who like gin sling, there are recipes below; shaken not stirred 😉
The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail. This long drink was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling, a sling was originally an American drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.
The Singapore sling has been documented as early as 1930 as a recipe in the Savoy Cocktail Book; Ingredients ¼ lemon juice, ¼ Dry Gin, ½ Cherry Brandy: “Shake well and strain into medium size glass, and fill with soda water. Add 1 lump of ice”.
The official IBA specified ingredients for Singapore Sling Recipe:
3 cl Gin
1.5 cl Heering Cherry Liqueur (cherry brandy)
0.75 cl Cointreau
0.75 cl DOM Bénédictine
1 cl (2 parts) Grenadine
12 cl (16 parts) Pineapple juice
1.5 cl Fresh lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple and cocktail cherry.
It’s been eons (yes, exaggerating) since I lunch on a social basis and that luxury of an hour in the middle of a weekday may short but to me, it’s a long one!
Long Bar (inside Raffles Hotel)
Address: 1 Beach Road.
Tel: (+65) 6337 1886
Date visited: 16th Sep 2014
Happy eating 🙂
P.S. Btw, 16th September is our ex-prime minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s birthday. He is 91 years old this year 🙂 According to Wikipedia, Mr. Lee was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognised as the founding father of modern Singapore.