When it comes to making a whisky highball, there are no hard and fast rules; it’s about enjoying whisky in your own way. However, if you do want some tips, you might find the following advice useful.
Select the right glass
To be a true whisky highball, it needs to be served in the correct glassware. A highball glass is tall, yet narrow in proportion, and has straight or slightly flared sides. In terms of volume, a highball is usually between 235ml and 280ml. Any more than 295ml, and it’s likely to be a Collins glass instead. If you can, freeze the glass before you begin constructing your drink; it’ll keep everything chilled, and the frost will add to the aesthetic.
Add the ice in first
It’s a good idea to add ice to your glass first, before any liquid. This will help keep the whisky cool while you add the other ingredients. And whilst you can choose any type of ice, larger cubes will stop your whisky highball from becoming too diluted.
Choose your whisky
With the glass perfectly prepped, it’s now time to pour in your base spirit. The whisky you choose may depend on whether you’re following a recipe or if you have a firm favourite. For a great all-rounder though, you can’t go wrong with Ballantine’s finest blended scotch whisky.
Get fizzy with it
Now comes your mixer. Again, you can choose what you like here. You might be using a classic like soda water or lemonade, or be going for something fruitier as we’ve done in our Fanta cocktail.
If you want to become a better bartender (even if crafting cocktails at home), try holding the glass at an angle whilst you slowly add your mixer in. It’ll add a touch of elegance to it all and reduce the likelihood of over pouring.
For the ratio, somewhere between 2 parts mixer to 1 part whisky and 3 parts mixer and 1 part whisky is likely to be ideal. If you prefer a stronger beverage, of course, you can reduce the mixer and likewise, you can add a little more if you prefer the flavours of the alcohol to be more subtle.
Sip, sip hooray
All that’s left to do now is enjoy the whisky highball that you’ve put time and love into creating. As with whisky tasting, take your time to enjoy every sip. Focus on not just the flavours but also the aromas that emanate from the glass and the mouthfeel that comes from the combination of whisky, ice and bubbles.