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Travel Through Time With Raffles Singapore’s New Timeline Cocktail Menu

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August 19, 2014 at 11:23 PM | by | ()

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

Looking for a little intellectual stimulation to go with your cocktail buzz? The mixology pros at Raffles Singapore’s iconic Long Bar have put together a Timeline Cocktail Menu that covers significant time periods and events in the hotel’s history. Here’s a sampling of just a few.

Tiffing – “Tiffing” comes from an old English word meaning “taking a little sip” and over time came to mean a light mid-day meal. Hence came Sunday tiffin curry, which was an essential aspect of colonial life. Tiffin curry has been served at Raffles since 1899 and now you can take a little sip of it as well; the cocktail consists of Tequila, Aperol, Angostura bitters, lemongrass, curry, Monin Gomme, and fresh grapefruit juice. Bite into that.

The Stray Tiger – This cocktail marks the rumor that a tiger was shot under the billiard table in the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room in 1902. The truth (if you want to hear it) is that the tiger was shot under the actual Bar & Billiard building but—hey—close enough. The Stray Tiger is a layered cocktail with white rum, Cointreau, vermouth, fresh lime juice, absinthe (hallucination-causing wormwood was big in those days) and lemongrass foam.

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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]

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