Singapore, Singapore

Sir Thomas Bingley Raffles reestablished Singapore (after the Portuguese took Malacca in 1511, Singapore dwindled) in 1819 as a British post on route to China and the Spice Islands.

Because Singapore is a small island nation (617 square km) most of the food is imported but coconut palms like these are common.

Al fresco dining is popular in Singapore even though the city is only 100 kilometers from the equator and has an average daily temperature of about 27 C.

Jim enjoys a Singapore Sling, created for women (thus the pink color) at the turn of the century in Raffles Hotel.

4 April 2001 Raffles Hotel bartender Ngiam Tong Boon created the famed Singapore Sling at the turn of the twentieth century. He made the concoction pink since women were the intended drinkers of his punch-like, although potent drink. Sadly today bartenders at Raffles do not mix the Singapore Sling from scratch, instead meeting high demand from a pre-mixed creation.

30 ml gin
15 ml cherry brandy
120 ml pineapple juice
15 ml lime juice
7.5 ml Cointreau
7.5 ml Dom Benedictine
10 ml grenadine
Garnish with a slice of pineapple and cherry