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July 3, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Raffles “Slings” Signature Cocktails This Summer

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Raffles Dubai, Crossroads Cocktail Bar & TerraceRaffles Canouan, Jambus BarFrom the Champagne mojito, to the classic Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotels & Resorts ’ signature cocktails are ideal for those seeking both classic and innovative drinks with a twist. Cocktail aficionados can even create these sumptuous drinks at home following the recipes:

Raffles Hotel , Singapore – “ Singapore Sling”
In the early 1900’s Raffles Hotel Singapore’s bartender Ngiam Tong Boon created a gin-based cocktail named Singapore Sling in an attractive pink hue to cater to British ladies who discreetly fancied a cocktail whilst in public. The drink is now world famous and Raffles Hotel , Singapore serves close to 2,000 glasses of the Singapore Sling daily. Ngiam locked the original recipe in a safe for many years; however, it has finally been revealed below:

30 ml Gin
15 ml Heering Cherry Brandy
120 ml Pineapple Juice
15 ml Lime Juice
7.5 ml Cointreau
7.5 ml Dom Benedictine
10 ml Grenadine
A Dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a slice of Pineapple and Cherry

Raffles Dubai – “ Dubai Sling”
Inspired by the local flavors of the Middle East and infused with ingredients from South East Asia , the Dubai Sling follows the steps of the famous Singapore Sling. This innovative cocktail, with zesty flavors of lemon, coriander, chili and fig is perfect while lounging by the patio or pool:

50ml Plymouth Gin
3 sheet of ginger
1 ½ bsp Fig Jam
30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
20ml Corriander and Chili Gomme (sugar syrup) Dash Peychauds Bitters
Soda to fill
Muddle the ginger inside the boston glass add all the ingredient except soda.
Shake and strain in a sling glass with ice top with soda.
Select a fig wedge for garnish, with a ginger fan served in a traditional sling glass.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh , Cambodia – “Femme Fatale”
In 1967, Jacqueline Kennedy visited Cambodia to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing Angkor Wat. While residing at Hotel Le Royal, she admired Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s own jazz composition, The Evening I Met You, sipping a rouge-colored Champagne cocktail in the Elephant Bar. Decades later, during the refurbishment process of Raffles Hotel Le Royal, her cocktail glass was discovered still bearing the imprint of her lipstick. To commemorate her visit to Phnom Penh this elegant Champagne cocktail is reborn as “Femme Fatale”. This cocktail is excellent to serve for a girls gathering:

7.5 ml Crème de Fraise
Dash of cognac
Top with Champagne
Preparation: Build in Glass
Glass Champagne Flute
Garnish Rose

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia – “Airavata”
Named after a divine multi-headed elephant and bearer of the king of gods in Hindu mythology, Airavata is a refreshing concoction of rum with pineapple, coconut and lime juice and served in a handmade elephant grand tasse. Bas reliefs and sculptures of Airavata can be admired at the temples of Angkor , which frequently depict scenes from the Hindu epics. This is a truly tantalizing cocktail with a sense of history:

30 ml Rum
15 ml Crème de Banana
15 ml Coconut Passion
60 ml Pineapple juice
10 ml Lime juice
30 ml Coconut juice
10 ml Sugar syrup
Airavata mug
Shake ingredients with ice and pour

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Raffles L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills – “Moonlight Martini”
The Moonlight Martini is one of the signature drinks at the exclusive Writers Bar at Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, where VIPs are making movie deals. It is a favorite with residents who frequently enjoy their cocktails al fresco on one of the hotel’s patio lounges. Ideal for outdoor intimate cocktail and dinner parties:

2 – 1/2 Ounce Kettle One Vodka
1/8 Ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur
1/4 Ounce Hpnotiq Liqueur
Shake ingredients well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass

Raffles Beijing Hotel , China – “Champagne Mojito”
Raffles Beijing Hotel adds a touch of elegance to the perennial summer favorite, the mojito .The Champagne Mojito at Raffles Beijing Hotel is favored for its delectable flavor and refreshing taste. This recipe is ideal for a unique Mexican-themed party:

Bacardi Rum 45 ml
Mint Leaves 7pcs
Brown Sugar 1 cup
Lime Juice 15 ml
Sugar Syrup 15 ml
Lime Wedge 3pcs
Champagne 45 ml
Glass: Collin. Methods: Muddle and Build
Garnish: lime slice and mint

Raffles Canouan, The Grenadines – “Jambutini”
Raffles Canouan’s Jambu’s Beach Bar has created the ultimate island cocktail – Jambutini. This delicious blend of gin, white rum and vermouth and other invigorating ingredients provides a Caribbean feel to a pool or beach party:

1 Ounce Gin
1 Ounce White Rum
½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
Splash of Orange Bitters or Angostura Bitters
Garnish with Orange Twist

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