Where did it begin?
The first real appearance of the Highball in mixology guides was in the 1890s, when it began to be mentioned in cocktail making books such as The Mixicologist by Chris Lawlor in 1895 and Bartender’s Manual by Harry Johnson in 1900. From here it took off and news of just how good it was spread fast.
The Japanese Highball
It was hugely popular in the 60s and 70s but fell out of favour over time. It wasn’t until the 2000s that it became popular again.
This is because the Japanese know how to do a Highball right. Everything is thought out and of the best quality; from the soda right down to the glass it is held in.
How to make the perfect Highball
This is a wonderfully versatile cocktail with lots of flavours, but it is certainly not overwhelming. Have a go and see what combinations you can discover to make your Highball perfect.
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