Master the Classic: The Highball

Highball cocktails go full-speed ahead. Master the classic highball recipe and you'll be zooming ahead at the bar. 

The Highball

Highball is a railroad term, formerly used to indicate to the conductor on a steam train that there was enough water in the tank and the train could go full speed ahead. 

The water level was indicated by a ball connected to a float inside the tank, so when the ball was high, the tank was full. The name also indicates that the drinks in this category are quick to make, built as they are in a highball glass. 

The Classics: Bloody Mary

The classic has a storied past, with its name disputed and changed several times throughout history. The Bloody Mary's birthplace however is not in doubt. It was around 1920 in Harry's, a New York style bar in Paris, where emigrants fleeing the revolution in Russia had brought with them vodka and caviar. 

Master the recipe for: The Bloody Mary

The Twists

Absolut Mandrin & Ginger Ale

1 Part Absolut Mandrin
3 Parts Ginger Ale

How to mix: Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with an orange wheel. 

Absolut Cilanto Rickey

2 Parts Absolut Cilantro
2 Parts Soda Water
1 Part Lime Juice
1/2 Part Simply Syrup
3 Wheels Lime

How to mix: Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with an orange wheel. 

Absolut Raspberri & Cranberry Juice

1 Part Absolut Raspberri
3 Parts Lemon-Lime Soda and Cranberry Juice

How to mix: Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with raspberries.