What Is a Highball Glass?


A highball glass is a straight-sided glass and is an elegant way to serve mixed drinks, such as those served on the rocks or combined mixed liquor drinks like gin and tonic. The highball glass is also often used for shots in an attempt to make them more elegant.

There are a variety of drinks that are commonly served in highball glasses including: Caribou Lou, Sex on the Beach, Ice Bomb, Bloody Mary, Midori Sour, Washington Apple Cocktail, Tokyo Tea, Gin, Tonic, Blue Lagoon, Shirley Temple, Cape Cod, Baltimore Zoo, Toasted Almond, Red Devil, Blue Hawaiin, Woo Woo, Malibu Bay Breeze, Tequila Sunrise, Screwdriver, Bloody Marry, Arnold Palmer and Long Island Tea.

Highball glasses are a favorite at bars, restaurants and at tabletop dining places because of their versatility. They are also known as a hi-ball glass. In terms of the shape, the highball glass is tall, cylindrical and in a tumbler shape. It can serve everything from beer to high class liquors and mixed drinks. There are several vendors who make excellent highball glasses including Anchor Hocking, Cardinal International, Libbey, Spiegelau and Solzie. Highball glasses come in several sizes including 8 ounces, 11 ounces, 14 ounces and 18 ounces.