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Type Mixed drink
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Commonly used ingredients

Whisky, Soda Water, Ice.

Preparation Build over ice; stir.

A stengah is a drink made from an equal measure of whisky and soda water, served over ice.[1] It was a popular drink with British subjects in the early 20th century, in areas of the British Empire in Asia.[2] In W. Somerset Maugham's short story The Book-Bag, he 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".[4]


Allen, Charles. Plain Tales from the British Empire, Abacus, 2008. Maugham, W. Somerset. Collected Short Stories Volume 4, Penguin, 1985.


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