Mary Pellettieri

The Classic High Ball

A high ball or “tall” drink was a simple cocktail made with about 3-parts sparkling mixer and blended with 1-part spirit. The gin and tonic, or G&T, is one example of a high ball style cocktail. We like to think the gin and tonic has been around for so long, not only because it is simple to make, but because it continues to evolve with new gins and tonics released every day.

The same can be said for other traditional high balls such as the Moscow Mule. Made from ginger beer, and vodka, and a strong squeeze of lime juice, this simple drink continues to gain in popularity evidenced by the number of copper mugs seen in use in bars today, the cup it is usually served in.

Top Note can make your classic high ball a simple yet refined experience. Here are a few we recommend;

 

Gin & Tonic

Vodka & Tonic

Moscow Mule Or Rum Stormy

  • 1.5 oz Gin(London dry or savory American and barrel-aged gins work best)
  • 4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 1.5 oz Vodka (Clean, dry vodka is best. A naturally flavored citrus/honey works well too)
  • 4 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1.5 oz Vodka (Clean, dry vodka is best)
  • Swap vodka for 1.5 oz Kentucky Whiskey for Kentucky Mule, or 1.5 oz tequila for a Mexican Mule, or 1.5 oz rum for a Rum Stormy
  • 4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
  • Squeeze of lime

Garnish with preference of grapefruit or lime peel

Build cocktail in a high ball or rocks glass

 

Garnish with lemon peel

Build cocktail in a high ball or rocks glass

Garnish with lime wedge

Build cocktail in a large rocks glass or copper mug