Why, you ask? Not sure except that maybe, perhaps it was popular at the time? OR, maybe/perhaps it sounded cool, like it might even be able to transport me half way around the world to that far off land called Singapore? Yeah, that’s what I’m going with.
Anyway, I do remember that it was pink and served in a tall glass. Most likely with one of those cute little umbrellas on it. And obviously this was at a time in my life that I thought cute little umbrellas added to the allure of the drink as opposed to now when I’ve learned [the hard way] that when there’s a cute topper of any kind on an adult beverage there might possibly, most definitely will be a headache involved after consumption of same. I’m just sayin’.
So, segue from ‘all the way back from my college days’ [ahem, not publishing dates here. . .] to last October when I found myself half way around the world in Singapore. Yep, so you know where this story is going, right? I couldn’t resist, so here’s the full story.
It all started here:
And given that I know a thing or two about adult beverages now, I know that THIS is the birthplace of the one and only Singapore Sling. So yes, as the saying goes, “when in Singapore. . .”
And I’ll spare you the lengthy version of this tale by telling you that it was invented for the purpose of giving the ladies who accompanied the gents into that bar something of their own to drink. Something that was pink and rather frou-frou looking as opposed to hard-liquor looking therefore the ladies were allowed to drink it.
And, true confession here, these days my adult beverage of choice has nothing frou-frou about it. Two ingredients: Jack Daniels and water. Sometimes I go wild and throw a lime slice on top; sometimes it’s just me and Jack.
So even though my tastes have matured, I must say it was great fun to be in Singapore and enjoying ‘a sling’ as they referred to it. After all, wouldn’t you have done the same thing?