Fables of the East – In 1921 Somerset Maugham paid his first visit to the hotel and he gave the hotel permission to use his quote that Raffles Singapore “stands for all the fables of the exotic East.” This cocktail, then, combines some exotic ingredients: Ron Zacapa 23-year-old Rum (a Guatemalan rum made from virgin sugar cane honey rather than molasses), St. Germaine, passion fruit puree, fresh calamansi juice (a citrus fruit commonly grown in the Philippines and Southeast Asia) and chamomile syrup.
The Barefoot Contessa – Ava Gardner stayed at Raffles Singapore during the Asian premiere of her film, The Barefoot Contessa, in 1954. This fruity layered cocktail gives a buoyant hug to this Italian glamor goddess, made with vodka, Gula Melaka (sugar from the coconut tree), lime juice, calamansi juice, ginger juice and apple juice. That's a lot of juices.
Pretty Polly – This drink was inspired by the 1967 film, A Matter of Innocence, starring Hayley Mills and Trevor Howard. Also known as Pretty Polly and based on a short story by Noel Coward (who was a frequent guest at Raffles Singapore), the film was largely shot at the hotel and around Singapore. This delightfully frivolous concoction is made of Cointreau, rosé wine and grapefruit juice.
Other cocktails in the collection include: the British India (for the British officers that traveled to Singapore in the 1880s); Cad’s Alley (for the cocktail parties held at Raffles Singapore’s Cad’s Alley); Rose & Rickey, a classic drink that was on the hotel’s cocktail list in 1935, and the Writer’s Revelry (in tribute to the literary luminaires who have become a part of the Raffles Singapore legend).
All cocktails are SGD $27 ($22) and are available in the Long Bar and Raffles Courtyard. Prices at the hotel in October start at SGD $705 ($564).
[Photos: Raffles Singapore; TripAdvisor]