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Places: The Raffles, Singapore

Places: The Raffles, Singapore

The Raffles is one of the landmarks of the Asian metropolis of Singapore. The famous white colonial building is one of the best luxury hotels in the world.

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Once you check in at Raffles, you enter a different world. It seems as if noise and hustle and bustle bounce off the façade, because the hotel is a pleasant and restful, you can hear birds singing and white-clad staff provide exceptional service. At the bar in the courtyard cool drinks are served and through the airy aisles, blows a touch of history. It’s as if the time has stopped, you feel as if you are a 100 years back – and this, in the middle of a pulsating city of 5 million!

Originally opened in 1887 as a 10 room hotel, the building was expanded several times and expanded with new tracts. As early as the beginning of the 20th century, the Raffles was the best hotel east of Suez. But the economic crisis in the 30 ‘s strongly increased the Luxury Hotel and therefore the family of owners had to file for bankruptcy. In the Second World War, the hotel served as a prison camp. But after the end of the war it was finally uphill again for the Raffles and it was reopened. Hermann Hesse, Ava Gardner, Michael Jackson, and Queen Elizabeth II are just some of the celebrities who have stayed at the Raffles since then.

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The Long Bar And The Singapore Sling

The history of the Singapore Sling is still unclear. According to legend, the bartender Ngiam wanted to create a drink, which looks like a fruit juice, but actually contains gin and liqueur.

INGREDIENTS

30ml Gin
15ml Cherry Brandy Heering
15ml lemon juice
10ml Grenadine
1.5 tsp Dom Bénédictine
1.5 tsp Triple Sec Cointreau
1 Dash Angostura bitters
120ml Ananassaft

Place all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
Shake. Pour into a glass filled with ice cubes.

Garnish: pineapple and cherry.

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Raffles Hotel’s iconic sikh doorman stands in front of the hotel
Raffles Hotel’s iconic sikh doorman stands in front of the hotel

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