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Highball cocktails are easy to drink and even easier to make! Try all of these bubbly and refreshing classic mixed drinks.

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Want a refreshing, easy to drink cocktail? The highball cocktail is where it’s at. A highball is a family of cocktails that use base alcohol and a larger percentage of mixer, like fruit juice or soda water. Typically they’re served over ice and often in a tall highball glass. Two advantages of highball cocktails: they’re easy to drink, because they’re more watered down than the standard. They’re also very easy to make: often just mixed right in the glass! No shaking required.

Highball cocktails are perfect for summer because they’re light and refreshing: but you can drink them anytime! Here are the classics that everyone should try.

What are other cocktail families? Sour Cocktails (alcohol, citrus and sweetener), Spirit-Forward Cocktails (like the Manhattan or Negroni), and Frozen Alcoholic Drinks.

And now…our top highball cocktails!

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Vodka tonic

Vodka Highball

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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Here’s how to make the best vodka tonic, one of the easiest mixed drinks of all time! This two-ingredient cocktail is bubbly, citrusy, and refreshing.


  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) tonic water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge, plus additional for garnish


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka and stir several times. Pour the tonic water onto a bar spoon into the glass (to increase the bubbles).
  3. Squeeze in the juice from 1 lemon wedge and 1 lime wedge. Add the squeezed wedges into the drink, then add another lime wedge to the glass as a garnish.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More types of cocktails

Outside of these highball cocktails, there are so many more great cocktail recipes! Here are some of our best drink collections:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. ekene says:

    Very educative