Picture this: You're meeting up with a friend in an area with which you're unfamiliar. Maybe you're visiting from out of town or simply on a different side of the tracks, but the important part of the story is that your friend takes you to a bar of their choosing, not yours.
You sit down and realize that this joint isn't exactly embracing the craft of mixing its drinks. Its half-empty bottles of vermouth sit proudly on the back of the bar unrefrigerated with the spirits, the soda gun is overworked, and there's not a bottle of bitters or a fresh piece of citrus in sight.
You're terrified of what the bartender might give you if you order any kind of serious cocktail, but you still want something a little more bright and lively than a glass of whiskey or a pint of something on tap.
This month's Mixology Monday is hosted by Southern Ash, themed Highballs. Highball drinks are exactly what you need in the scenario above, but let's pretend you're a bit bored with rum & Coke or gin & tonic. I have a few go-to's for when I'm in these dire situations, and I thank Mr. DiPappa for giving me the opportunity to share them.
As always, those posted below are a bit unorthodox and are designed to give you something a bit different, should you be in the mood. Your tastes may vary with highball ratios, but I tend to stick with 1:3 or 1:4 ratio of spirit to mixer if I'm making them at home.
Keep these in mind the next time you find yourself cynical in an unknown bar.
Citrus Vodka & Tonic
Tequila & Coke
Bourbon & Pepsi