Cel­e­brat­ing the old and the beau­ti­ful at Raf­fles

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

RAFFLEShas launched a cham­pagne sling, the 1887, in­spired by the orig­i­nal Sin­ga­pore sling. The new ver­sion has a base of Bil­le­cart-Salmon cham­pagne and is also avail­able at the ho­tel’s sis­ter prop­er­ties world­wide. The first sling was mixed in 1915 by bar cap­tain Ngiam Tong Boon, whocre­ated a leg­end from gin, sweet and dry ver­mouth, pineap­ple juice, egg white and An­gos­tura bit­ters. Strong? Well, in 1931, Ambrose Pratt wrote in his book Mag­i­cal Malaya, ‘‘The first glass [of gin sling] makes the whole world seem as roseate as its own­crys­tal pink­ness. The sec­ond is a siesta. The third is a knock-out and will re­duce the proud­est spine to an in­ver­te­brate con­di­tion.’’

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