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Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 7:30 p.m.

Five classic highball cocktail recipes everyone should know

By Jessica Webster


The Dark and Stormy is a classic rum-based highball cocktail.

Photo by Flickr user Stephen Korecky.

We had a friend drop by unexpectedly the other night. She was having a rough day and needed some company. It seemed that cocktails were in order, so we headed to the kitchen, armed with my classic cocktails handbook. We lined up our impressive array of spirits on the kitchen counter and looked at each other expectantly.

It seemed that beyond a basic vodka martini and my regular cocktail of choice — the Negroni — none of us was well-versed in the art of mixology.

Serious Eats to the rescue. In a recent post on the food site, they put together a list of five essential highballs, complete with recipes.

A highball is a tall drink, usually made with spirits and a larger proportion of non-alcoholic mixer. The recipes included in the post run the gamut from a Dark and Stormy to the fruit-based Pimms Cup, a favorite in Great Britain.

You can read the full article on the Serious Eats site.

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Ron Granger

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

On that Dark'n Stormy... Most ginger beer is weak stuff. It is difficult to find great ginger beer in the states. One way to fix it up is to juice a piece of ginger and add the juice to your drink. Another option is to put a chunk of ginger in a heavy baggie and pound it to crush. Or you can use a garlic press. The pure ginger juice does wonders for the drink, and for other recipes. Just be sure and strain the bits (though proper ginger beer often has some thickness to it).


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 3:29 a.m.

A whiskey sour would make this list, as would a Tom or Jonh Collins