Sunday, May 10, 2009

Singapore Sling

Pour masses of tropical flowers all across a spotlessly clean city.

Fill it all around with beautiful waterscapes

Add liberal doses of the most heart-stopping orchids

Almost fill with equal quantities

of some gorgeous butterflies

and some ultra-colourful birds.

Top with a Merlion

Serve unstirred, garnished with a cheery Costus.

That is my version of the classic Singapore Sling cocktail. If you want to try out the liquid version, you can find the recipe here.

32 comments:

  1. Drool... drool ... now ...now... I was not off the mark at all when I said... gardening refugees ... I could never get my haliconias to bloom like that ...and I can never dream of growing orchids like that... does all this qualify for my basic human whims :) being violated.;) can I seek horticultural refuge ... its not fair ...
    And then you add a cocktail to it all... now where's my pinky vodhka ... I need the solace of pink and alcohol ;)

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  2. I like your version better!

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  3. Will take YOUR version of the Singapore Sling! Loved the recipe and the ingredients!!! Clink! Clink!

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  4. Oh you poor deprived little thing! I really feel for you, Rajee. of course, in the name of everything humane and in the interests of horticultural excellence I'm sure you deserve refugee status. Just hide your past blog posts will you? You know...the one with all those thriving indoor plants bursting with health. Well, delete them first, hmmm?

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  5. Spoken like true garden souls, Tina. And you too, Kanak. Cheers! ;D

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  6. What a lovely concoction!!! After all the comments I've heard about Singapore...its just a shopper's paradise -what's there to do ..your views- just look around and enjjjoy!! is so refreshing.

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  7. A little of the Sunita Singapore Sling....a little of the sipping Singapore Sling....ahhh...life is good! Ejoyed your recipe!

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  8. Hi Sunita, what a gorgeous place! Those butterflies are so exotic and the waterways breathtaking. The orchids you showed in great quantities are the stuff of sweet dreams!
    Frances

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  9. A no-fail recipe!
    I must say, Singapore had very little appeal for me, but after reading your words, and seeing your pictures, I might have second thoughts....

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  10. The 2nd image of the water front is beautiful and my pick in this series.

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  11. Sunita, the tropical flowers in the garden are so beautiful. What a wonderful colored butterfly. The green and yellow is so pretty.

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  12. Kallu, Yes, I think that's the magic mantra... just look around you. Of course, in this case I moved away from the shopping malls before I looked around :D
    I found Singapore really easy on the eyes. There's so much of greenery all around with huge trees lining the roads, smothered with ferns and orchids. Lovely!

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  13. That sounds very good, but I;ll have to be honest with you that I prefer the liquid version at this particular moment! You know what I mean.

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  14. I'm sorry I seem to be struggling to keep up with my replies but I'm just getting ready for another trip in 2 days time. This time I'm off to Kerala. Yes, I know... I've got gypsy dust on my shoes :D

    Hi Kim! A li'l bit of this and a li'l bit of that can make life seem realy good, hmmm? Cheers!

    Frances, those photos dont even begin to cover it! Most of the time I was so overawed that camera and photography were forgotten while I just drink in all that beauty.

    Kamini, if you like plants and greenery, you'll always find something to like in Singapore. Maybe your second thoughts will lead you there.

    Hi Thomas! The photo of the waterfront was taken from the cable-car on the way to Sentosa island. Glad you liked it.

    Lona, I think you're getting singaporeitis too ! Thats when everything you see leaves you gasping in amazement. In my opinion its the best ailment you could ever get ;D
    The heliconias were growing along the path in Jurong Bird Park and though I looked hard I couldnt spot a ragged leaf or even a dusty leaf anywhere, even on the plants growing along the expressways!
    The butterflies were in the Butterfly Park on Sentosa island. I personally think the Butterfly Park is the best part of Sentosa.

    Amila, I thought you would :D
    Is it as hot and humid for you in Sri Lanka? I know I'm going to Kerala at the wrong time when its at its hottest but oh well, can't be helped. The things we do to enjoy ourselves on vacation!

    Hi Raji! Thanks, I'm so glad you liked it.

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  15. I too thought Singapore is just about shopping but ur post and changed my view.great cocktail:-)

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  16. Hi Arunava. Hmmm... so many people seem to be thinking the same thing (its okay, so did I before I visited S'pore) that I think I must post a couple of my super-special Singapore snaps. Wait for them, okay?

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  17. What a lovely, enchanting round-up of Singapore!

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  18. Nice! It looks like an awesome place. That green butterfly is just amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks, Flowergirl.

    You bet, Shady C!That green butterfly was huge. Can you make out from the photo? Take a look at its body, so unlike the usual puny bodies you see on butterflies. I think this one was on natural steroids!

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  20. Yummy! That's a wonderful dish, Sunita! Is that a lorie or lorikeet? Looks cool. Is it tame, because it's perched on a cup held by a person?

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  21. Lucky, lucky you! Kerala, eh? Have a lovely time!

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  22. Fun post! I'd love to go to Singapore!

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  23. Hi Sunita,
    Nice photos! I have been to Singapore, but didn't see this beautiful side of it. Maybe I should visit it again! :D

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  24. Sorry about the delay in replying but I've been on another jaunt. To Kerala this time. Lovely weather, great food, gorgeous greenery... enough to make anyone forget what they're supposed to do ;)

    Chandramouli,you guessed right, that is a lori. We made friends at the Butterfly Park in Sentosa which also includes these very colourful birds. Pay 2 Singapore Dollars and you get an tiny cup of nectar and an armful of birds which refuse to leave you alone till the last drop disappears.

    Thanks Kamini. I'm in Kerala as I write and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I dont know why I worried about how hot it would be. There have been a few showers and the land is cool and GREEN! I wish I could say the same for Mumbai now!

    Thanks, CG. I'm sure you would love Singapore. Take my advice ... take a trip there :)

    Isnt it though, Bindu! Maybe I could call it a 'flo-cktail' ;D

    Sandy, I think you could work in a Singapore review trip? See all those lovely things you didnt see before! :)

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  26. Now that the monsoon has set in the temperatures have become agreeable. April and early May was torture. (Too much detail: I spend most of the time at home in underwear)

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  27. Yikes! That IS hot, Amila.
    Thank God for the rains... I absolutely, positively love the monsoons. In fact I think I get a little giddy on the rains :)

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  29. i also like your Photo.Wonderfull!!
    liebe Grüße Dörte

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