Long drink

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A classic long drink, the Tom Collins

A long drink or tall drink is an alcoholic mixed drink with a relatively large volume (> 12 cl, frequently 16–40 cl or between 5–9 fluid ounces).[1]

A long drink will have a tall glass full of mixer, in contrast to a short drink, or shooter, which has less mixer, or none. Short drinks are generally stronger since both types tend to contain the same amount of alcohol.

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 Scotch and soda. In Finland, a ‘long drink’ specifically contains gin plus a mixer, almost always a fruit soda.

Finnish long drink[edit]

In Finland, long drink (in Finnish lonkero) refers to a very popular mixed drink made from gin and a mixer, traditionally grapefruit soda, though many other flavours (almost always fruit) are available. It is ubiquitously available in Finnish stores, bars and restaurants.[2]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "The story of the Finnish Long Drink | by the GIN is IN".