Whiskey Sling

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The Whiskey Sling is a Cocktail which consists of Whiskey, Sugar, and Water.

Earliest Sling Reference (c.1675)

First recorded definition of a Sling, circa 1675, quoted in the 2 volume "Beverages Past & Present" (Edward R. Emerson, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1908) as follows:

"Long-sup or sling was one half water and one half rum with sugar in it to taste."


Recipe#1: Jerry Thomas (1862)

  • Take 1 small tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar.
  • 1 wine-glass of water.
  • 1 wine-glass of Bourbon or rye whiskey.

Dissolve the sugar in the water, add the whiskey and ice, stir thoroughly with a spoon. Grate a little nutmeg on top, and serve.

Recipe#2: Cocktaildb.com

  • Build
  • 2 oz rye or Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tsp sugar dissolved in water
  • ice, stir
  • Add lemon twist
  • Serve in a rocks glass
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