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How to Make Highball Cocktails

Highballs are a classification of drink that is generally defined as 1 � oz of a single liquor combined with 4 or 5 oz of Soda served in a Highball glass over ice.

The definition of a Highball drink has changed over time. Today, some define the Highball as basically anything served in a Highball glass. However, the purpose of the highball is to make a drink that can be built quickly and consistently in just a few seconds. Thus, simplicity is really best.

All the bartender has to do is put a half a scoop of ice in a Highball glass, add a couple jigs of the liquor, spray in a couple seconds of soda, add a lemon slice or a cherry and a straw, and the drink is complete. It should only take an experienced bartender about 10 � 15 seconds to make a Highball from start to finish.

More complex drinks like the Long Island Iced Tea, Sex on a Beach, and a Sea Breeze, while often served in a Highball Glass, are not �Highballs� per se. While these are excellent drinks, they take too long to make to be considered traditional Highballs.

Following are some highball cocktails that, if you are a proper Drunk, you probably have lots of experience with:

Jack and Coke

1 � oz Jack Daniels (or any other Bourbon)
4 oz Coke
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Scotch and Soda

1 � oz Scotch
4 oz Club Soda
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Seven and Seven

1 � oz Seagrams Seven (Or any other Whiskey you like)
4 oz 7-up (or other Lemon-lime Soda)
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Gin and Tonic

1 � oz Gin
4 oz Tonic Water (or use Seltzer or Club Soda)
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Vodka Tonic

1 � oz Vodka
4 oz Tonic Water (or use Seltzer or Club Soda)
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Screwdriver

Not all Highballs are made with carbonated sodas. One of the most famous Highballs is the Screwdriver.

1 � oz Vodka
4 oz Orange Juice
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Captain and Coke

1 � oz Spiced Rum
4 oz Coke
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.

Fuzzy Navel

3 oz Peach Schnapps
3 oz Orange Juice
Stir together and pour into a Highball Glass filled with ice.


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