Highballs All Bartenders Should Know



Originally, when a guest walked up to the bar and asked for a highball, the bartender grabbed a bottle of rye whiskey and mixed it with ginger ale. Today a highball just means a drink containing a spirit mixed with a carbonated mixer.


The Most Popular Highballs


Vodka soda, Vodka Tonic, Gin & Tonic, Rum & Coke, Bourbon & Coke, Whiskey & 7, Bourbon & Water, Scotch & Water, and Scotch & Soda. Of course other mixers include, sprite or 7up, ginger ale, and diet coke.

Garnishes for Highballs

The only thing that you have to remember is that tonics get a lime wedge. The most common requests by guests are lemon wedges and lemon twists for scotch, but the lime wedge for tonics are a given.
A Presbyterian (press) means that the mixer is half ginger ale and half soda water. For example is a guest orders a Bourbon Press, they want bourbon with half ginger ale and soda water.

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