Friday, July 7, 2017
Squid Mixes: Highball
All else being equal, a highball is my wife's drink of choice. A highball is actually a broad category of drinks: an alcoholic spirit combined with a larger portion of a non-alcoholic mixer. At our house, a "highball" is rye whiskey, preferrably Old Overholt, with ginger ale or ginger beer. Ginger is big with my wife in general and the whiskey is a wonderful complement.
Highball also describes the tall glass in which the drink is served. The name of the drink and the glass may derive from train dining cars. A steam engine running at full throttle was said to be "highballing" in reference to the ball rising in the pressure guage.