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The Highball

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

The highball cocktail is what we call a “This & That” drink. Mainly because it contains one liquor and a mixer. Some say the name "highball" refers to an old railroad term. Back in the day when railroads were being built across the country, a ball was commonly raised on the signal post to alert train conductors that it was safe to pass through the station without stopping. When the conductor was ready, he would give two short and one long horn blast to let you know he was passing through. Creatively, these blasts would become the recipe for the whiskey cocktail often ordered by patrons — two shots of spirit and one long pour of club soda. The glassware used was named after this classic cocktail and fits perfectly due to its measurements. Today, the term "highball" refers to any cocktail built in the same format.

Classic Recipe:

  • Iced highball glass

  • 2oz American whiskey

  • Fill with club soda

  • Sip stick and serve


  1. Add ice to a highball glass.

  2. Fill glass with all ingredients.

Stay hydrated. Drink Responsibly.

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