10 Essential Highball Cocktails

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

Highball cocktails

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
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) tonic water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge, plus additional for garnish

Instructions

  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

Keywords: Highball cocktails, Vodka highball, Vodka tonic

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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