Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology

by Amer A. Vargas

PART 73: Maldivian Sling

Picture courtesy of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

This butler’s most recent trip to the Maldives is coming to an end at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, a beautiful resort located south of the capital city of Male, and just about 59 km/37 mi north of the equator.

Upon arrival at the resort, the Raffles butlers prepare a welcome drink for their guests called the Maldivian Sling, a cocktail created at the Long Bar (the famous Long Bar, which is a feature of all Raffles properties). In fact, the Maldivian Sling is a variation of the well-known Singapore Sling, a cocktail originally created at Raffles Singapore, but with a wonderful twist of added Maldivian ingredients, such as Maldivian chili, curry leaves, banana and watermelon.

The result is a refreshing cocktail with a touch of curry mixed with banana and watermelon, and a remarkable kick provided by the gin and the chili!

These are the ingredients needed for a single serving:

  • 30 ml./ 1 oz. Premium Gin
  • 15 ml./ 0.5 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 15 ml./ 0.5 oz. Coconut water
  • 20 ml./ 0.7 oz. Lime juice
  • 30 ml./ 1 oz. Watermelon juice
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 10 ml./ 0.3 oz. Luxardon Sangue Morlacco Liqueur
  • 10 ml./ 0.3 oz.Velvet Falernum liqueur
  • 50 ml./ 1.7 oz. Banana syrup
  • 1 roll of Cinnamon
  • ¼ Maldivian chili
  • 1 bunch Curry leaves
  • And a slice of lemon, pineapple and a curry leaf, skewed together for garnish.

To prepare this cocktail, simply put all ingredients (except those you’ll use for garnish) in a shaker together with loads of ice and shake vigorously until the mix is homogeneous and cold. Pour this mixture in a highball glass that has first been filled to the brim with ice cubes, add the garnish and enjoy!

If you would rather try the non-alcoholic version, just skip the gin, the Luxardo and the Velvet Falernum liqueurs and increase the amount of pineapple juice and coconut water by 15 ml./ 0.5 oz. each.

Simple, spicy and delicious…! Cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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