The Classic Highball: A Refreshing Way to Enjoy Your Whiskey

Classic Whiskey Highball Cocktail
Simple and refreshing, the classic whiskey Highball tops your favorite whiskey with ginger ale. That's it!. Photo Credit © S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Every aspiring professional bartender should put this easy highball on their list of drinks to memorize. It is, quite simply, whiskey and ginger ale and is a fantastic, refreshing way to enjoy any style of whiskey you choose. Canadian, rye and bourbon whiskies all work very well.​

You may find some Highball recipes that use soda water, but ginger ale is most often used as the mixer. The sweet snap of ginger ale brings something to most whiskies and I think you'll like it just a little better than plain soda.

This mixed drink should not be confused with the class of drinks called "highballs." Those include most tall drinks with a base spirit and one or two non-alcoholic mixers.

Not to be too confusing: a Highball is a "highball" and is served in a highball glass.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour the whiskey into the glass.
  3. Top with ginger ale.

How Strong is the Highball?

Your Highball can be as strong or as weak as you wish to make it. It all depends on your soda to whiskey ratio.

To give you an idea of how strong the average Highball is, let's assume we pour an 80-proof whiskey and 6 ounces of ginger ale. In this example, the drink would have an alcohol content of about 9% ABV (18 proof).

It can be a very light drink and that's why it is perfect for happy hour!

More Whiskey "Highball" Recipes

The combination of whiskey and soda in a tall drink is a popular one in the bar and there are many common drinks that follow this formula. If you're looking for a refreshing way to drink your favorite whiskey, give one of these easy recipes a try.