Singapore Sling | How to Drink

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

– This is How to Drink, the
show about making cocktails and how to drink them. I’m Greg, and I have never
been a professional bartender. I’ve never even had a job in a bar. I don’t worry too much about
precision and technique ’cause at the end of the day, if the drink you like is in the glass, you did it right. Let’s get going. Today, we’re brought to you by Luxardo and Anchor Distilling. Let’s make a Singapore Sling. Technically, this is
a drink that pre-dates the Tiki Movement by a number of years. This is probably invented at Raffles, the poshest of posh hotels in Singapore. The bartender there
invented a wonderful drink called the Singapore Sling,
a variation on a gin sling. We’re gonna use Sangue Morlacco, named for the blood of the Morlaccos, Dalmatian warriors who
defended the Republic of Italy against Turkish invaders. Tasty stuff, a lot of cherry flavor. It’s sort of the other side
of the coin with maraschino. Where maraschino tastes
very dry and reserved, this is the opposite, and we’re just gonna use a little bit to make this drink kind of come to life. I think it’s time to make ourselves a Singapore Sling because woo! Is it hot in here, and I need to cool off. We’re gonna start this drink up with three-quarters of
an ounce of lemon juice. Three-quarters of an ounce of lemon juice goes into my small tin. In she goes. You know this drink is
less of a Tiki drink because we’re gonna use a lot less sugar. We’re only gonna use a
quarter-ounce Demerara Syrup. We need a half an ounce
of our Sangue Morlacco. Look at that. And in it goes. It’s a delicious dark red color, and uh, oh, oh that’s delicious. That’s alcoholic cherry magic. That’s my new name for
this Sangue Morlacco. Alcoholic Cherry Magic. Now we need a quarter-ounce
of Benedictine. It’s a very strong, kind
of vegetable, herby flavor. Very earthy flavor, and there it goes. We need an ounce and a
half of the London Dry Gin. Boom! There it goes. Junipero right in the tin. One dash of orange bitters, one dash of angostura bitters. I’m just gonna put some
cracked ice into my tin and give this thing a shake. (ice shaking) I’m just gonna put a column
spear of ice into my glass. Two ounces of fresh seltzer. (big-band music) We are ready to pour. (big-band music) I would garnish this
drink with a lemon wheel, and a straw, of course, because you want to drink it. There it is, a Singapore Sling made with Luxardo’s Sangue Morlacco. Let’s see how we did. Son of a bitch, I love that drink. Oh, the Benedictine comes
back right there, yeah. That is a cool drink. Brisk, fresh, eye-opening, olfactory awakening
from the gin right away, and then you’re cruising
right into cherry land with the Sangue Morlacco, all of these other flavors
that come into play, and then, at the very end,
the Benedictine comes in and just ties it up into this very nice little vegetable bow. It’s hot out. You wanna cool off. You want an alcoholic way to do it. The Singapore Sling is your buddy. Put this in your glass, put
the glass in your mouth, drink the contents of the glass, your internal temperature will drop. It is liquid air conditioning. Honestly, it’s dangerous. I couldn’t get enough of this. I would love this drink. Guys, that is How to Drink. We made a Singapore Sling today. We made it with Luxardo’s
Sangue Morlacco cherry liqueur. It is delicious. I appreciate you guys watching the show. If you liked the show, I
hope you will subscribe. We keep trying to keep
this thing fresh for you. We make a new drink every
week except for when I don’t. I try to respond to all of your comments, so leave me some. If you like the drinks, tell me. If you hate the drinks, tell me. I will apologize profusely. Thank you very much to
Luxardo and Anchor Distilling for helping us make this wonderful show and present to you this
Singapore Sling that is just so oh my God.


Stephanie R

Jun 6, 2017, 2:21 pm Reply

the drinks always end up so pretty! i need to step my game up

Lucas Selhorst

Jun 6, 2017, 2:28 pm Reply

noice video, how are you doing that wonderful colorful tikiful demerera syrup?

Cheers anyway! ;D


Jun 6, 2017, 2:33 pm Reply

i remember doing a bus tour in singapore and i think we stopped near or across from that hotel and they mentioned that's where the singapore sling was invented

haka 41

Jun 6, 2017, 2:34 pm Reply

Great show! Keep up the good work. Unfortunately, most bars at my area just serve juice with a dash of alcohol. I have to stock up my liquor cabinet!!!

KingofNothing 420

Jun 6, 2017, 2:48 pm Reply

dark 'n' stormy please

Hong Fu Teo

Jun 6, 2017, 3:33 pm Reply

Isn't pineapple juice and grenadine used for the original recipe?
Honestly, as a Singaporean, the SG Sling is very meh~


Jun 6, 2017, 3:50 pm Reply

Glad to see you getting some sponsorship! You deserve it!

Simon C

Jun 6, 2017, 3:50 pm Reply

Tip, if you're ever in the Raffles hotel don't order a SS. When I went it was pre made and came out of a tap. It's a absolute waste of money.

Matthew Edwards

Jun 6, 2017, 3:51 pm Reply

Ooo snap, ya boy is sponsored by luxardo now 😂

Andrew Kong

Jun 6, 2017, 4:09 pm Reply

can you substitute cherry herring for the Luxardo Sangue Morlacco?

Fuckin A Jared

Jun 6, 2017, 4:25 pm Reply

God, I just want to drink it, but it is so difficult to get all of the ingredients and store them properly

Jack Litowitz

Jun 6, 2017, 4:25 pm Reply

Friday's are the best days when you are a how to drink subscriber. Awesome video as usual and love the history around these drinks. Your comment to hong fu (below) was very cool, i never knew that! Great stuff!

Emmanuel Reyes

Jun 6, 2017, 4:27 pm Reply

Hey buddy, is the luxardo cherry hard to find??


Jun 6, 2017, 4:30 pm Reply

Another great video as always! a whole lot-a spillage going on this episode haha

Hristian Nikolov

Jun 6, 2017, 4:32 pm Reply

We should start a #howtodrink movement on instagram 🙂 Awesome drink as always!

Shark Rides

Jun 6, 2017, 4:46 pm Reply

well.. thats a lot of ingredients

Peter Huguenin

Jun 6, 2017, 5:03 pm Reply

Hey just wanted to say I really enjoy your channel, you really get back to what drinks are all about, and that's having fun and being able to enjoy something at the end of it.


Jun 6, 2017, 5:36 pm Reply

You should definitely try Gin made in Germany 🙂


Jun 6, 2017, 7:14 pm Reply

I love how you put so much time and effort into these videos! Lol even the ice is perfectly clear and shaped to fit the glass. Thank you for taking extra steps to make these drinks perfect – it's what I love about your show 🙂

K. Knievel

Jun 6, 2017, 8:16 pm Reply

Greg pronounces Sangue Morlacco perfectly, but can't pronounce W A R words properly. LOL

Dylan McKeagney

Jun 6, 2017, 8:23 pm Reply

Yeah man talk about a drink that creeps up on you, far too delicious than something that alcoholic should be ahahha. Nice one Greg my main man.

Phil Klepka

Jun 6, 2017, 8:26 pm Reply

About 2:01–2:03 – I'm just gonna put some cracked ice in my gl – tin… lol


Jun 6, 2017, 8:47 pm Reply

Why do you keep saying "Sangre" when there's no "R" in the word "Sangue" xD

Stephanie Collins

Jun 6, 2017, 9:07 pm Reply

I bet an egg white would be good in this to give it a different texture and some head at the top of the drink. Kind of like pineapple juice, so many variations of the Singapore Sling have it, but I think this will only be the second I've tried without, and likely the closest to the original too. Sounds pretty good!


Jun 6, 2017, 9:43 pm Reply

Congrats on 18,000! You deserve 18 million!

James Burtton

Jun 6, 2017, 10:14 pm Reply

Do yourself a favour, don't order one at the Long Bar at Raffles. They pre-batch it and serve it from a soda gun then charge you an arm and leg for the privilege. Well, at least they did when I went there in 2008. Disappointing to say the least.


Jun 6, 2017, 11:55 pm Reply

"Twenty four hours ago we were sitting in the Pogo Lounge of the Beverly Heights Hotel. In the patio section, of course. Drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side, hiding from the brutish realities of this foul year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy one."


Jul 7, 2017, 12:05 am Reply

Are you going to make a Samoan Fog Cutter? One of my favorite tiki style drinks!


Jul 7, 2017, 12:15 am Reply

Stop spilling so much!

Dan Simpson

Jul 7, 2017, 12:39 am Reply

Away! This one's sponsored, great job!


Jul 7, 2017, 1:28 am Reply

Sponsorship baby! Now that's when you know your content is good.


Jul 7, 2017, 1:31 am Reply

That pour was sexy

John Carbone

Jul 7, 2017, 1:41 am Reply

The Singapore sling looks like a fantastic cocktail. I sincerely appreciate that you are using Anchor's Junipero. The Bay Area is chalk full of great distilleries.



Jul 7, 2017, 4:25 am Reply

Your face is redder than a cherry in this. Was this episode one of the last ones filmed of the day? Love the show!


Jul 7, 2017, 6:10 am Reply

Great Great Great and Awesome Chanel!

Gage Patry

Jul 7, 2017, 7:47 am Reply

Where did you get all your bottles for your syrups?

Muoltha Muong

Jul 7, 2017, 8:35 am Reply

This channel deserves more than just 18k subscribers!! :-/


Jul 7, 2017, 10:05 am Reply

I need some of that Sangue Morlacco in my life.


Jul 7, 2017, 4:25 pm Reply

I stumbled today on your channel while I was searching to do some cocktails. I appreciate a lot that you use also the metric system in the text, it will help you to gain a more worldwide audience. Keep on the good work!

Juliet_ Whiskey66

Jul 7, 2017, 1:05 am Reply

Ever thought of doing one on grog?


Jul 7, 2017, 2:17 am Reply

Beard game is on point, sirrah. I hope you have a great day.

Kit Groeber

Jul 7, 2017, 5:54 am Reply

I'm still fairly new to cocktail making and discovering this channel has been an amazing find. It's fun, inviting and teaches me new things to try. Keep up the amazing work!


Jul 7, 2017, 10:04 pm Reply

Hey Greg, was wondering if you invented some drink and maybe share them with us ?

Sam Price

Jul 7, 2017, 9:25 pm Reply

That's a hell of a lot of ingredients! Looks tasty though

Mr. Gizmo

Jul 7, 2017, 4:12 pm Reply

Very interesting I like the history behind the drinks

Damien Thorbourne

Jul 7, 2017, 3:21 pm Reply

Please never stop making these videos.

Taylor Hall

Jul 7, 2017, 3:33 am Reply

Greg, I aspire to have your broad knowledge on blending these intricate cocktails! I watch them every time I get the chance. You are the man!!! I'd want nothing more than to help you on your journey of making this your dream. Where do I find your patreon link?


Aug 8, 2017, 11:22 am Reply

Yesterday I made a Singapore sling and didnt notice that my Cherry Heerying had gone bad. Still was drinkable but made my eyes water some…Also I like the "Raffles" recipe better (adds 120 ml Pineapple juice, grenadine and Lime juice instead) – but thats just my preference…

Connor Albon

Nov 11, 2017, 11:57 pm Reply

Greg, if you don't mind me asking, what ratio are you using for making your Demerara syrup? 2:1 or 1:1? videos are great, found you today, cant stop watching!

Dorian Xanyn

Nov 11, 2017, 6:39 am Reply

Could I substitute Heerings cherry?


Nov 11, 2017, 3:18 am Reply

Love the videos but your opening is too long.

Chris W

Nov 11, 2017, 9:27 pm Reply

MaraSKEEno. Kill me.


Nov 11, 2017, 12:25 pm Reply

Excited to try this one day. Other Singapore slings I've tried have used pineapple juice which ends up sitting really heavy in the stomach. Plus, I just love another cherry flavoured


Dec 12, 2017, 8:24 am Reply

You done messed that drink up son…

Falkhorn Falk

Dec 12, 2017, 8:43 am Reply

You could tell Greg was pretty smashed by that hand at 3:26. That's a drunk supporting hand.

Dan Baker

Jan 1, 2018, 7:22 am Reply

Do you ever actually make the drink you say or no?

Dan Baker

Jan 1, 2018, 7:46 am Reply

yo, again sorry, did it for no reason

Forest Green

Jan 1, 2018, 8:34 am Reply

That's a really nice straw

Tan Gezeroglu

Jan 1, 2018, 10:12 pm Reply

I am a simple Delight, I hear Turkish, I press like.

Hope Von Gremp

Jan 1, 2018, 5:29 pm Reply

Making me want to be a bartender

Jayden Santos

Jan 1, 2018, 12:31 am Reply

"in my Gla-Tin" lol

Robert Schrovenwever

Jan 1, 2018, 8:39 pm Reply

Would you consider making a recipe book of all the drinks you've made and plan to make? I'd definitely buy one


Jan 1, 2018, 4:12 am Reply

Great Show. My buddy made a drink for me a while ago that was layers of color, I thought it was a cool bevy. I think it might have been a sunrise, anyways Id love to see how its done. Cheers


Jan 1, 2018, 5:17 am Reply

I've been drinking…however, pretty sure the original recipe calls for pineapple and lime juice — which makes for an awesome drink btw. Cool channel none the less…

Snow Rivera

Jan 1, 2018, 5:32 am Reply

Glad you showed this drink! My favorite drink ever! 😀


Jan 1, 2018, 10:55 am Reply

thank you for not saying maracheeno! btw, serve tge drink in a hurricane glass!


Jan 1, 2018, 8:48 am Reply

4oz cherry magic got it

Devon Miller

Feb 2, 2018, 1:57 am Reply

I would love to see a video on how you make/acquirer all of your fancy and unique syrups.


Feb 2, 2018, 6:16 pm Reply

My favorite part is the zoom ins. Especially when he misses the glass but it still looks classy as heck


Feb 2, 2018, 3:41 pm Reply

more like a Singapore spill 😀

Yiyang BAO

Feb 2, 2018, 10:37 pm Reply

you probably wasted half of the seltzer…

Isabelle Fällman

Mar 3, 2018, 3:03 pm Reply

It's the Republic of Venice not the Republic of Italy. The latter wasn't a thing until late modern times. Unless you count the short lived napoleonic republic 1802-1805


Apr 4, 2018, 7:05 pm Reply

Just needs some Mezcal on the side lol

Raybugenta •

May 5, 2018, 5:43 pm Reply

It's terrible just watching and not drinking.


Jul 7, 2018, 3:57 am Reply

Sorry if you've already talked about this in a previous video but I'd like to know your thoughts on the most versatile aperitifs and/or liquor add-ons a starting home bar should invest in. The Sangue Morlacco looks delicious but I have a hard time convincing myself to pay up when its usage, like other liquors, seems rather specific? I'm a big fan of all drinks in the tiki / citrus realm! Thanks for the awesome video! <3

Forest Green

Jul 7, 2018, 7:21 am Reply


Kenneth Gerard Sapp

Aug 8, 2018, 11:39 pm Reply

Another great post my dude keep them coming

Sam Thompson

Aug 8, 2018, 4:37 pm Reply

You’re spilling your drink all over the place man

Jacob Peters

Nov 11, 2018, 10:29 am Reply

Love this drink. The flavor is so nice and if I ever find myself in Singapore I’m gonna go find the original to compare


Nov 11, 2018, 6:40 pm Reply

And here is your $22 cocktail.


Dec 12, 2018, 11:36 pm Reply

Love it! Raffles Hotel Long Bar is awesome!


Dec 12, 2018, 6:09 am Reply

I’ve always heard meh things about Singapore Sling as a singaporean from other singaporeans but I’m gonna give it a shot after this!

Chris Langhammer

Jan 1, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

You should do a mint julip

john duvier

Jan 1, 2019, 5:43 am Reply

This does not look like a Singapore sling

Zenith Gaming

Jan 1, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

I recently had one of these at the Long Bar at Raffles in Singapore, they charge $32 and mix it in a loud machine that ruins the atmosphere of the place, and they honestly weren’t even that good, I’m glad I have had the experience but not particularly worth it, neither me nor my parents enjoyed it and we all have quite different tastes in alcohol.


Feb 2, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

Pisses me off when people spill shit

Ur Spo

Feb 2, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

You make making cocktails quite sensual downright erotic

Sergio Dane Luna III

Mar 3, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

Your facial expressions are hilarious. Now I need to go and buy more liquor to make this, thank you!

Donald Lang

Mar 3, 2019, 12:10 pm Reply

Do you know what's wrong with this Singapore Sling? There's not enough vodka in it

Agent 1110

Mar 3, 2019, 6:21 pm Reply

That has got just so many things going on that I like. I'd get addicted and you'd never be able to scrape me off the floor again.

Tom Ryan

Apr 4, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply

Twenty-four hours ago we were sitting in the Pogo Lounge of the Beverly Heights Hotel, in the patio section of course, drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side, hiding from the brutish realities of this foul year of Our Lord, nineteen-hundred and seventy one.

carlo formosa

Apr 4, 2019, 7:52 am Reply


Jean Sinteuil

May 5, 2019, 10:10 pm Reply

Have to say this is a wonderful recipe, and much better than those I've tried which include pineapple juice! I only had maraschino, so I substituted grenadine for the demerara syrup for colour, and added a quarter ounce of Cointreau, and went with Tanqueray Rangpur for some additional citrus notes…. Needless to say, it was perfect! Just another alternative…

Dank Nug

Jul 7, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

💘 it. Now I wanna watch Fear and Loathing and have a couple.

Double D

Jul 7, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

Sling u very much

Marnix Koppenol

Sep 9, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

Today my uncle told me an interesting story about the Singapore sling. About 35 years ago he worked as a flight attendant for KLM. One time he flew to Singapore and visited the Raffles Hotel just because of the drink. He wanted to know how they made it and the bartender wrote down the recipe for him. The recipe is similar to the one you made but the proportions are different. My uncle wrote it down for me (this is what he could remember so it could still be slightly different), so here is the recipe:
1 part Gin
1 part lime juice

1 part Peter Heering cherry liquor
Shake with ice and pour it in a glass
Add Seltzer
1 dash of cognac
1 dash of Benedictine
Garnish with an orange wheel

J.J. H

Oct 10, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

Alcoholic Cherry Magic was my nickname in high school!

Tristan Frodelius

Oct 10, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

Greg: "I have never been a professional Bartender"

Greg: "Maraskeeno"

It checks out. 😂

Squire Muldoon

Jan 1, 2020, 10:04 pm Reply

There are very few bars that will make this drink so I have great respect for those bars that have the balls to even put it on the menu, love me a good sling.

Chris Licata

Jan 1, 2020, 12:10 am Reply

seen you do this a few times ….STOP DRINKING OUT OF THE BOTTLE….good vids otherwise

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