You shouldn't have to work too hard for a refreshing summer cocktail. That's where the highball family of drinks comes in. The formula for a highball couldn't be simpler: two ounces of spirit topped with a mixer in a tall glass. Gin and tonic, Scotch and soda, Cuba Libra, and many other popular favorites are part of the fizzy gang. So too is the Salty Dog which I wrote about in the July issue. After the jump, a few more easy-to-make highballs to add to your summer drinking routine.
**Note: These recipes have not been tested by the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen**
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
1 1/2 ounces Campari (Aperol works as well)
Build in a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with orange peel.
2 ounces vodka
5 ounces cranberry juice
Build in a highball glass with ice. Stir. Garnish with lime wedge.
2 ounces gin
4 ounces ginger ale
Squeeze juice from lemon wedge into highball glass. Add lemon wedge to glass. Add ice, gin, and ginger ale. Stir.
1 1/2 ounces Cognac (Courvoisier VS does the trick)
3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Build in a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice.
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 1/2 ounces club soda
1 1/2 ounces ginger ale
Build in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with lemon twist.
Sloe Gin Rickey
2 ounces sloe gin
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Build in a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime twist
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