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Video: Raffles celebrates 100 years of the Singapore Sling with its own gin

Passionate pioneers of London’s handcrafted gin renaissance, Sipsmith, and leading luxury international hotel brand, Raffles Hotels and Resorts have come together to create a bespoke Raffles 1915 Gin.

Created by Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown to mark 100 years of the Singapore Sling at Raffles, this unique and complex gin will inspire a new generation of bartenders to mix captivating gin cocktails much like famed bartender Ngiam Tong Boon – creator of the original Singapore Sling – did in 1915.

“We were looking for a partner who embodied much of the same beliefs and standards that we hold true to our brand,” said Raffles Hotels and Resorts’ President, Peter French.

“Sipsmith has an integral authenticity, are master craftsman at what they do in a business that is steeped in tradition. And when we found out that Sam was directly descended from Sir Stamford Raffles, that sealed the deal.

“We are delighted to create such an evocative gin that simultaneously celebrates the past whilst inspiring future generations to explore and create,” he said.

Raffles 1915 Gin

Handcrafted at the Sipsmith Distillery in London, exclusively for Raffles Hotels and Resorts, the recipe is a sensational balance of Asian botanicals – jasmine flowers, fresh pomelo peel, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaf, nutmeg and cardamom – distilled alongside some of the classic gin botanicals found in the award-winning Sipsmith London Dry Gin. The resulting taste is a smooth and full-bodied spirit, with the warmth of sweet orange spice coupled with an elegant, bright, balanced finish.

“We are immensely proud of our collaboration with Raffles Hotels and Resorts to mark this historical milestone,” said Sipsmith co-founder, Sam Galsworthy.

“As distillers, our inspiration lies in the majesty of what has taken place in the past, and how we might translate that for spirit sippers today who want to discover, appreciate and linger.

“It’s a stunningly smooth and inspiring spiced gin that evokes that moment when someone would have sipped their first Singapore Sling in the Raffles’ Long Bar in 1915. It is something which undoubtedly would make Ngiam Tong Boon and my great, great, great uncle, Sir Stamford Raffles, very proud,” he said.

Raffles 1915 Gin will be served at Raffles Hotels and Resorts’ bars and lounges around the world.

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