First published on 23 Jul 2012. Updated on 23 Jul 2012.
We must confess to finding most Singapore Slings a little cloying, but the Mozza version ($22++) is a winner – doing away with the pineapple, it’s crisp, clean and refreshing, and looks far more elegant than most Slings, which somehow remind us of cheap package holidays. It turns out that Raffles Hotel’s accepted version, created in 1915, isn’t the only ‘true’ version of the Singapore Sling.
According to Mozza bar manager Lucas Swallows: ‘Thanks to an archived Singapore newspaper clipping from the National Library, I found references to the Sling from as early as 1897. But the version at Mozza pays homage to the recipe detailed in a 1913 article from the Singapore Weekly Sun. This article made reference to “a really decent Sling” at the time, which contained “one cherry brandy, one Domb [ie, D.O.M. Bénédictine], one gin, one lime juice, some ice and [soda]water, [and] a few dashes of bitters”. Our Singapore Sling (1913) emulates this recipe, and as a result, is a much less sweet, refreshing cocktail that packs a flavourful punch.’