The Highball 2.0: Seven Fresh Ways to Mix Spirits and Soda

By Eric Twardzik | March 2, 2021

here’s a good reason the Highball has remained popular for well-over a century: It doesn’t require much more than mixing your chosen spirit with soda water and a few ice cubes.

But just because a Highball is simple to make doesn’t mean it should be forgettable. We’ve reached out to some friends in the industry to learn what specific spirits—and mixers—they prefer when it comes to building something long, refreshing, and easy.

Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça + Ginger Beer (Brazilian Buck)

1.5 oz Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça
4 oz ginger beer
2 dashes aromatic bitters
1 squeeze fresh lime

Build drink over ice in a highball glass and stir to combine.

“Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça and ginger beer are good friends. After two years spent aging in American oak ex-bourbon barrels in the Brazilian jungle, the cachaça develops notes of vanilla, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and coffee, all against a distinctive spine of fresh sugarcane. This flavor profile is wonderfully balanced with a spicy ginger beer: Brands like 18.21, Fever-Tree, and Q are particularly tasty. A dash of aromatic bitters and a squeeze of fresh lime make for a tropical Brazilian Buck that is simple yet sublime.” —Luke McKinley, Novo Fogo Marketing Director

The Highball 2.0: Seven Fresh Ways to Mix Spirits and Soda
Bevvy | March 2, 2021