Saturday, October 3, 2009
Bryan and I have date night every Wednesday, and this week we decided to do something touristy. We headed downtown and got dinner and then went to the historic Raffles Hotel for Singapore Slings. Raffles Hotel has been around since the late 1800's and retains its original colonial style, except now it's surrounded by tall, modern buildings. The hotel was recently named a National Monument, and like many landmarks in Singapore, it's named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the British "founder of Singapore." We explored the expansive grounds of the hotel for awhile, and snapped a couple of photos. Below is one of the several courtyards.The hotel is perhaps most famous for the fact that the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented there in the Long Bar in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Singapore Slings are fruity drinks made of gin, cherry brandy, club soda, and an herbal liqueur called Benedictine. It's usually served with a slice of pineapple for garnish. The drinks we had at the hotel were super tasty, and of course they were priced for tourists- S$23 a piece (about USD$16). The bar itself was really neat with lots of old wood and antique clocks and a beautiful spiral staircase in the middle. Below are some pictures of us with our yummy drinks. Bryan's trying to look aristocratic like the people on the glasses (the glasses say "Singapore Sling- Raffles Hotel" and have pictures of two people who look like they're from the 1920's).