The Singapore Sling as it is known today, was created by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon in the Raffles Hotel at the start of the 20th Century. (One of the earliest references to a sling is from 1897, almost 20 years before the Raffles created their famous version).
Why is it called a Singapore Sling?
Convention has it that the Singapore Sling was created sometime between 1899 and 1915 by Chinese-born Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. Raffles Hotel is named after the colonial founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, and was the Near East’s ex-pat central.
When were Singapore Slings popular?
Ever since the 1920s, when the Singapore or Straits Sling made it onto the world stage, everyone has agreed that there’s something else in there, but what that ingredient is has been up for debate.