A highball 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 Keyvodka and melted Freezie
  • Blackout Grin — Coke, Gin, and Vodka
  • Cape Codder or Cape Cod — vodka, cranberry juice and a slice of lime.
  • Captain CokeCaptain 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.

  • Lynchburg LemonadeJack 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


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 over ice. 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.

Salty Dog

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

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.

Popular culture

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.

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