What Is a Highball?
A highball refers to a variety of “tall” drinks containing one shot of a base spirit topped with a non-alcoholic mixer like soda water, sparkling water, or a classic ginger ale, served in a highball glass or a narrow Collins glass over ice. The perfect highball is mild and supremely drinkable, thanks to the spirit-to-soda ratio.
4 Easy Highball Variations
These happy hour staples can be found across cocktail menus. The simple combination of base spirit and mixer allows for endless variation.
- Gin and tonic: An old fashioned classic with gin as the base spirit and tonic water as the mixer. Traditionally served with a lime wedge.
- Paloma: Combines tequila with grapefruit soda. Learn how to make a Paloma cocktail here.
- Rum and Coke: Base spirit rum paired with a classic soda.
- Whiskey Ginger: The whiskey highball that combines whiskey with ginger ale. Scotch and soda water is an alternative.
Classic Whiskey Highball Recipe
Prep Time2 min
Total Time2 min
- 1 ½ oz. whiskey
- Ginger ale or soda water
- Pour base spirit into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top with ginger ale (or mixer of choice), and stir once or twice to combine.
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