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A long drink will have a tall glass full of mixer, in contrast to a short drink which has less mixer. Short drinks are generally stronger since both types tend to contain the same amount of alcohol. Long drinks are therefore generally more dilute than short drinks.
A classic long drink is a Tom Collins. A simple style of long drink is the highball, a cocktail composed of one liquor and one mixer (excluding garnish or ice). A classic example of the highball is the gin and tonic.
Finnish long drink
In Finland, long drink (in Finnish lonkero) refers to a mixed drink made from gin and, most commonly, grapefruit soda, although other long drink flavours include cranberry and lime. In Finland, the long drink is ubiquitously available both in stores and in restaurants, usually on draught.
- Frederic Gomes Cassidy; Robert Brock Le Page (1 January 2002). Dictionary of Jamaican English. University of the West Indies Press. p. 279. ISBN 978-976-640-127-6. Retrieved 7 September 2013.