Whiskey Highball Recipe

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Whiskey Highball

  • Author: Ingrid Radford
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


With its straightforward preparation, the Whiskey Highball is a classic cocktail that I find reveals the more subtle flavours of the chosen whiskey.

Comprised of only whiskey and sparkling water, the Whiskey Highball highlights the whiskey’s flavour while offering a refreshing crispness from the carbonation.


  • 2 oz or 60 ml whiskey (preferably a smooth, quality blend or single malt)
  • 4 oz or 120 ml sparkling water or club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or wedge (for garnish)


  1. Prep: Fill a highball glass to the top with ice cubes to ensure the drink stays chilled.
  2. Pour: Gently pour the whiskey over the ice and top up slowly with cold sparkling water or club soda to keep the carbonation.
  3. Mix: Stir gently to mix, keeping the fizz intact.
  4. Garnish: A cheeky lemon twist or wedge to add a citrus note.


The huge popularity of the Whiskey Highball in Japan has led to a renaissance of the drink, with a focus on the ritual of its preparation and the precision of its ingredients.

The Japanese approach emphasises the quality of the whiskey and the temperature and carbonation level of the water. Try it with a Japanese whisky!

  • Prep Time: 1 Minute
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 148
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

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