Situated on the top floor of the National Gallery, Smoke & Mirrors has stellar views of the iconic Padang and Marina Bay as well as killer cocktails where everything is more than meets the eye. Its rendition of the Singapore Sling is cheekily titled Robbery at the Museum ($28) and is crafted with fermented pineapple tepache instead of regular pineapple juice. Cherry brandy, Maraschino liquor and house-made cherry bitters are combined with locally distilled gin to create more complex layers of flavour compared to the usual sour cherry and gin blend.
As iconic as the Raffles Hotel Long Bar where it was first created, the Singapore Sling has been our city's national cocktail since 1915. Back then, women couldn't be seen drinking alcohol in public, so bartender Ngiam Tong Boon made a tipple that looked like fruit punch for all to enjoy away from judging eyes.
The concoction is shaken with gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao, Bénédictine, grenadine and cherry liqueur – but don't look down on its innocent pink hue, this boozy bev packs a punch. Clearly, the drink caught on and there are now plenty of bars across Singapore that serve this sweet and fruity beverage. Here are some slingin' it their way.
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