Containing one spirit and one mixer, there is no simpler cocktail than the classic highball. Designed to "stretch" the spirit out by adding dilution and volume, highballs lower the proof of the cocktail, and highlight subtleties in the spirit.
Here, Luxury Specialist Joshua Augustin of Beam Suntory introduces us to Yamazaki 12, a Japanese single malt whisky. Japanese whiskys are known for their subtler and more nuanced flavor than their American and Scotch counterparts, and have become so popular worldwide that a limited amount is available in the United States each year.
With a spare recipe such as this one, the quality and flavor of the water matter. Experiment with both sparkling and flat options, keeping in mind that the inherent nuance will shine through.
Black-tea infused rye and lemon syrup transform the classic whiskey highball into southern summer classic.
Smoky, with a hint of peppery spice, this highball is an alternative to the classic whiskey version.
The soft flavor of Hibiki blended whisky is accompanied by saffron, honey, apricot, cucumber, and ginger.
Lightly smoked Japanese single-malt whiskey combines with sweet wine and vermouth notes in this highball.
12-year single malt Japanese Whisky makes this most-basic version of the highball.