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TypeMixed drink
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Commonly used ingredientsWhisky, Soda Water, Ice
PreparationBuild over ice; stir.

A stengah is a drink made from equal measures of whisky and soda water, served over ice.[1] In the early 20th century it was a popular drink among British subjects in areas of the British Empire in Asia.[2] In the short story The Book-Bag, W. Somerset Maugham writes: "I told the amah to fetch the whiskey and syphon, and I mixed her a good strong stengah and made her drink a little."[3] The term derives from the Malay word for "half" (setengah).[4]

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  1. ^ Allen (2008), p. 785.
  2. ^ Allen (2008), p. 619.
  3. ^ Maugham (1985), p. 30.
  4. ^ King of Cocktail Website, Accessed 13-10-08.


  • Allen, Charles (2008). Plain Tales from the British Empire. Abacus. ISBN 9780349119205.
  • Maugham, William Somerset (1985). Collected Short Stories Volume 4. Penguin.