Cocktail Stories: Singapore Sling

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore is renowned for creating the Singapore Sling, so when renovations were announced, the cocktail was refreshed too. “Having been created at the Long Bar in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the iconic Singapore Sling is an extremely important part of the bar,” says Frederic Serol, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at Raffles Singapore. The gin‐based classic cocktail has been served up in the Long Bar…

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How coronavirus will affect the spirits industry

The window to contain a dangerous new strain of coronavirus seems to be almost entirely shut. With traveller numbers to China down, The Spirits Business investigates the impact the illness could have on the long-term health of the spirits sector. The Chinese Grand Prix, the Mobile World Congress and the Asia leg of rapper Stormzy’s tour are just a few events that have been cancelled or postponed because of the potentially fatal coronavirus (Covid‐19) outbreak,…

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ProWine Asia reschedules Singapore show to July

Wine and spirits fair ProWine Asia has announced that this year’s Singapore show will be held in July, after it was postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Originally due to be held from 31 March to 3 April, the third ProWine Asia show was set to take place at Singapore Expo, the largest convention and exhibition venue in Singapore. Last week, ProWine’s organisers Messe Düsseldorf Asia and Informa Markets made the decision to postpone the…

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ProWine to reschedule Singapore show over coronavirus outbreak

Wine and spirits fair ProWine Asia will postpone its Singapore event next month due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Due to be held from 31 March to 3 April, the third ProWine Asia show was set to take place at Singapore Expo, the largest convention and exhibition venue in Singapore. The event is held alongside food and drink trade show FHA-Food & Beverage. The decision to postpone the event came “after extensive industry consultations” and…

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Coronavirus ‘great concern’ for travel retail

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) said the coronavirus outbreak has had a “serious negative” impact on the travel retail industry but that it was working closely with members to offer support “at a time of great concern”. Though the TFWA said it remains “hopeful that the situation will soon stabilise and gradually improve”, it acknowledged the “widespread concern” within the duty free and travel retail sector as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. To…

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