Mixology 101: Highballs.
Considering the fact that I can’t possibly write a detailed recipe for a drink that is basically just a spirit and mixer I decided to list them here, in one article.
The origin of the term Highball is actually quite a fun one! The name
comes from a piece in the old trains powered by steam locomotives that
fitted in the tank. The ball inside indicated the pressure in the boiler. If the ball was high that means the train can go full speed.
Because train drivers did not have walkie-talkies back in the day they used whistles to communicate. They blew a signal. Two short whistles followed by one long one. That indicated full speed ahead! It’s great when you think about it, two short whistles representing the two shots (1oz each) of spirit and the long one representing the mixer that is a long fill-up to the drink.
Here is a list of the most common and known Highballs.
I will not mention the obvious one like Gin & Tonic, Vodka Redbull and Whiskey & Coke as the names themselves tell you what’s inside.
- Screw driver- Vodka and orange juice.
- Cape codder- Vodka and cranberry juice.
- Cuba libre- Rum and Coke with lime.
- Garibaldi- Campari and orange juice.
- Tequila sunrise- Tequila and orange juice with a bit of grenadine.
- Sea breeze- Vodka, grape fruit juice and topped with cranberry juice.
- Pimm’s cup- Pimm’s and lemonade with a lot of fruit garnish.
- Dark’n’Stormy- Dark rum and ginger beer with lime.
- Moscow Mule- Vodka and ginger beer with lime.
- Chiller- Selected spirit (e.g. Vodka chiller) topped with Ginger ale.
- Greyhound- Vodka and grapefruit juice.
- Bourbon & Branch- Bourbon whiskey topped-up with water.
- Seven & Seven- Seagram’s 7-Crown whiskey topped-up with 7-up.
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