Earliest Sling Reference (1759)
First recorded definition of a Sling, from Israel Acrelius' "History of New Sweden", published in 1759, as translated from Swedish into English:
"Long-sup or sling was one half water and one half rum with sugar in it to taste."
"Maryland Journal", 21st May 1788
"Rum, Whiskey, Brandy, Gin, Stinkibus, Bitters, Toddy, Grog, Slings and fifty other liquors all come under the denomination of spirits".
"After lunch, your former amusements are resumed, until the sun loses a little of its intensity, when bonnets and shawls are called into requisition, and you stroll to the "boiling-house" to see the preparation of sugar-boiling going on, and taste the "sling," (the name given to the sugar when in its liquid state,)"
Travels in South and North America, by Alexander Marjoribanks, 1853
"Toddy they call sling; thus they have gin-sling and whisky-sling."
Beverages, Past and Present, by Edward Randolph Emerson, 1908
"Manathan was small beer, rum, and sugar. Long-sup or sling was one half water and one half rum, with sugar in it to taste."