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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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The Alfred

The perfect low-key, low-alcohol drink to serve your employer in the afternoon if you know he’ll need to be alert later. That said, you can always ramp up the booze factor with a nice British gin, if you feel so inclined.

Serves 8

2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
3 cups brewed black tea, chilled
2 12-oz. bottles ginger beer
, like Reed’s or Gosling’s
1 lemon
1 orange
6 sprigs fresh mint
, plus more for glass garnishes

Wash lemon and orange and slice them into thin rounds. Add citrus, Pimm’s and tea to a large pitcher, stir, and keep in the fridge at least one hour or until chilled. To serve, stir in ginger beer, pour into glasses filled with ice, and garnish with mint and a lemon slice.

Optional: If you’d like a boozier drink, add 1 oz. of gin to your glass before serving, and then stir in the Pimm’s mixture.

Pimm’s Cup

I don’t really want to write a copy for this blog post. But I’m doing it because if I post something with just two pictures and a recipe, y’all would be like WTF is this?

Now that I’ve said words, sit down and enjoy your weekend with a Pimm’s Cup in hand. Drinking this makes me feel like a British dame sitting in a croquet garden.

Damnit Jeeves, where’s my parasol?

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