is the name for a family of mixed drinks
that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit
and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Originally, the most common highball was made with rye whiskey
and ginger ale
. The Online Etymology Dictionary
suggests that the name originated around 1898 and probably derives from ball
meaning a "drink of whiskey" and high
because it is served in a tall glass
. Alternatively, New York barman Patrick Duffy claimed to have invented the highball in 1895, and that the term 'highball' comes from the 19th century railroad practice of raising a ball on a pole to urge a passing train driver to speed up. Duffy used this term to describe his method of quickly mixing a drink by simply adding the ingredients to a tall glass over ice. To enable this speedy process, Duffy used one spirit, one mixer (ginger ale or soda) and either a simple garnish (such as a twist of lemon) or none at all. Another possible explanation comes from the time of drinking. A highball, as opposed to a cocktail
which is drunk in the evening before dinner, is drunk in the afternoon when the sun is high (ball referring to the sun) and should be light and refreshing.
Well-known examples of highballs include Jack and Coke, Scotch and Soda, Seven and Seven, the Moscow Mule, the gin and tonic, and Sex on the Beach. A highball is typically served in large straight-sided glass, for example, a highball glass or a Collins glass, with ice. The proportions of some highballs, such as the Alabama Slammer, may be altered—made with little or no mixer—and served as a shooter.
List of highball cocktails
- Alabama Slammer — 1 part Amaretto, 1 part Southern Comfort, 1 part sloe gin, and 1 part orange juice
- Allen Key — vodka and melted Freezie
- Blackout Grin — Coke, Gin, and Vodka
- Cape Codder or Cape Cod — vodka, cranberry juice and a slice of lime.
- Captain Coke — Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Coca-Cola
- Captain Jack - Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Root Beer (also known as a Morgan Daniels)
- Caribou Lou — Bacardi 151, Malibu Rum, and pineapple juice. This drink originated in Kansas City, Missouri and popularized in several songs by rapper Tech N9ne.
- Green Goblin- UV Blue Vodka and Lemon Juice
- Greyhound — vodka or gin, grapefruit juice, and carbonated water.
- Hard Arnold — vodka, Iced Tea, and Lemonade
- Harvey Wallbanger — vodka, Galliano, and orange juice
- Hairy Navel — vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice
- Hairy Virgin — rum, orange liqueur, and apple juice
- Jack and Coke — Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Coca-Cola
- Jellybean — ouzo, lemonade and a splash of raspberry liqueur, stirred and served in an old-fashioned glass over ice
- Joker — gin, Kool-Aid powder mix, tonic water, and orange juice.
- Kansas Slammer — vodka, white grape juice, tequila, a splash of Lemon Juice stirred in old-fashioned glass over ice with a lime slice
- Kevorkian — Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Dr Pepper
- Long Island Iced Tea — vodka, tequila, white rum, Cointreau, gin, lemon juice, gomme syrup, and cola
- Lynchburg Lemonade — Jack Daniel's, orange liqueur, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda, served over ice with a lemon wedge or maraschino cherry garnish
- Madras — vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
- Malibu Stacy - Malibu Rum, and pineapple juice.
- Melonball - 2 oz Midori, 1 oz vodka, pineapple juice (or orange juice)
- Moscow Mule — vodka, ginger beer, and lime, served in a copper mug
- Presbyterian — rye whiskey, carbonated water, and ginger ale
- Pucker Up — Apple Pucker and 7 Up
- Salty Dog — vodka or gin, grapefruit juice, and a salted rim
- Scotch and Soda — Scotch Whisky and soda water
- Screwdriver — vodka and orange juice
- Sea Breeze — vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice, garnished with a lime wedge.
- Seven and Seven — Seagram's 7 whisky and 7 Up, garnished with a lemon wedge.
- Sex on the Beach — vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice. A non-alcoholic version of this is known as Safe Sex on the Beach
- Skinny Pirate — Captain Morgan rum and diet cola
- Sloe Comfortable Screw — sloe gin, Southern Comfort, vodka, orange juice
- Touchdown UV Vodka, tequila, and Gatorade
- Tequila Sunrise — tequila, orange juice, and grenadine
Jack and Coke
Jack and Coke
(also known as "JD and Coke" or "Kentucky Freedom") is a popular cocktail made with Jack Daniel's
Tennessee Whiskey and Coca-Cola
. The drink is usually served in an old-fashioned glass
or a Collins glass
The term "Jack and Coke" has been used in combined advertising for Jack Daniel's and Coca-Cola, and several products were created as part of this marketing campaign, including bar signs and taps
Jack Daniel's released a canned beverage called "Jack Daniel's and cola," a mixed beverage of the same type as Jack and Coke, in the US, and in several markets in the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand. The beverages have become a collector's item.
While "Jack and Coke" is arguably the most iconic of its type, other brands of whiskey and cola are often substituted in accordance with local popularity, availability and personal preference.
A Salty Dog is a cocktail containing vodka or gin and grapefruit juice, served in a glass with a salted rim. The main difference between the Salty Dog and the Greyhound is the salted rim.
In popular culture
- In the television series The Larry Sanders Show, the Salty Dog is the preferred drink of Artie, played by Rip Torn.
- In the Elmore Leonard novel Swag, the Salty Dog is the preferred drink of characters Frank Ryan and Ernest Stickley, Jr.
- In the computer game Kingdom of Loathing, the Salty Dog is a mid-grade drink made by mixing gin and grapefruit.
- In the 1993 film Point of No Return, government assassin Claudia Doran (played by Bridget Fonda) orders a Salty Dog on her last undercover mission to assassinate Fahd Bahktiar (played by Richard Romanus), one of the richest Arabs in the world.
- In the 2006 Japanese Drama "Kekkon Dekinai Otoko", Shinsuke Kuwano, played by Abe Hiroshi, orders a Salty Dog during episode 8 after looking after his neighbour's pet Pug Ken-chan.
- "Salty Dog" is the title of a song by Flogging Molly off of their album Swagger.
- Salty Dog Recipe
Seven and Seven
A Seven and Seven
(also known as a Seven Seven
) is a mixed drink made with Seagram's 7 whisky
and 7 Up
. It is typically served in a highball glass
with ice. It is commonly made with 1 shot
of whisky to 6 fluid ounces
of 7 Up. A lemon garnish may complete the drink.
- In the 1973 film Mean Streets, Teresa (played by Amy Robinson) orders a Seven and Seven.
- In the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta's character orders a Seven and Seven.
- In the film Goodfellas, Robert de Niro's character orders a Seven and Seven.
- In the television series The OC, various members of the Atwood family are seen drinking Seven and Sevens. In The Premiere Episode, Ryan Atwood orders one at the fashion show. In The Gamble, Dawn Atwood orders one at the Casino night. In The O.Sea, Trey Atwood orders one at a bar in Chino.
- In the TV show The Sopranos, Jackie Aprile, Jr. orders one at "The Bing"
- In the "Casino Night" episode of The Office, Ryan orders a Seven and Seven with 8 maraschino cherries and sugar on the rim, "blended if you can" for his girlfriend Kelly.
- On their album entitled Headshots: SE7EN, Atmosphere (music group) names a song "A Tall Seven and Seven."
- In the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, the Sebben & Sebben law firm is a play on Seven and Seven.
Sloe Comfortable Screw
A Sloe Comfortable Screw (sometimes referred to as a Slow Comfortable Screw) is a mixed drink made with Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort, Vodka and Orange Juice. It is typically served in a highball glass with ice. It is commonly made with equal parts of Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort, and Vodka, and either another part orange juice (for a shot) or enough orange juice to fill the glass (for a lighter cocktail). Ice is commonly added to the lighter version.
The name Sloe Comfortable Screw
is from the ingredients:
- Sloe - Sloe Gin (pronounced like "slow")
- Comfortable - Southern Comfort
- Screw - Vodka and orange juice, which is a Screwdriver
The suggestive nature of the pun in the drink's name has invited many variations, extending the pun. A few examples are:
- Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall - Floating a dash of Galliano on top turns the Screwdriver into a Harvey Wallbanger. Commonly served with a cherry.
- Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall, With a Kiss - Adding a dash of Amaretto on top of the Galliano, adds a little amore ("love") - or a kiss.
- Sloe Comfortable Screw Against The Wall With Satin Pillows The Hard Way - Adding 1 part Galliano make it against the wall, 1 part Frangelico gives it satin. But 1 part whisky makes the satin into a soft pillow that hits you in the head (like it does in a Pillow Mint or a Pillow Biter) and makes it hard.