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A sling is a long drink based on a spirit, typically gin, diluted with water and lemon juice and usually sweetened. The term first appeared in America at the end of the eighteenth century, but it is not at all clear where it came from. It has been suggested that it derives from the notion of ‘slinging’ down a drink at a single draught, but it could equally well have some connection with another roughly contemporary and equally unexplained meaning of sling, ‘sugar-cane juice’.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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