Gin Highball
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Gin Highball
Cocktail recipe

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The Gin Highball is a refreshing and elegant cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. Born in the early 20th century as a simpler version of the more complex Gin ... more The Gin Highball is a refreshing and elegant cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. Born in the early 20th century as a simpler version of the more complex Gin Fizz, this cocktail is perfect for warm summer days or as a pre-dinner drink. Its background can be traced back to the highball craze that swept through the United States during the 1940s. The cocktail's name comes from the highball glass it is traditionally served in and its simple yet delicious flavor profile. With just two ingredients – a splash of ginger ale and a generous pour of gin – this cocktail delivers a unique combination of sweet and herbal notes. The bubbly carbonation of the ginger ale balances out the botanical flavors of the gin, creating a light and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion.
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8.28% | 1.2 units *

Wine glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Gin Highball

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Put two ice cubes and the gin into a wine glass
Top up with ginger beer
Garnish with a twist of orange and serve

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·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly stir the Gin Highball to ensure the mix is consistent but not watered down?

To stir a Gin Highball properly, fill the wine glass with ice and pour in the gin. Then, top up with ginger ale. Use a long spoon to gently stir the mix in a circular motion for about 10 to 15 seconds. This ensures a well-mixed cocktail that is cold but not overly diluted.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Gin Highball for maximizing its flavor profile?

The Gin Highball should be served in a wine glass to allow for an optimal blend of the ingredients. Ensure the glass is filled with plenty of ice to maintain the cocktail's cold temperature without diluting it quickly. This serves to preserve the fizz of ginger ale while enjoying the botanicals of the gin.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes complement the Gin Highball to enhance its taste and presentation?

A slice of lemon or lime on the rim of the glass or a couple of fresh mint leaves placed on top can greatly enhance the taste and presentation of the Gin Highball. The citrus aroma complements the gin's botanicals, while the mint adds a refreshing touch.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Gin Highball compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 8.28%, the Gin Highball has a relatively lower alcohol content compared to many classic cocktails. For example, a Martini or a Manhattan typically has an alcohol content around 20-30%. This makes the Gin Highball a lighter, more sessionable option for those seeking a less intoxicating drink.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Gin Highball, and how is it prepared?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Gin Highball can be made by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic gin alternative, which are available in many stores. Use the same proportions (30ml of non-alcoholic gin) and top up with ginger ale. This variation offers a similar taste profile without the alcohol.

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