Martinis, Negronis, and Old Fashioneds may be on regular cocktail rotation in your glass. But when the calendar ticks over to summer and daylight lasts well into the evening, it’s time to take a long, cool detour on your usual path to cocktail hour. Highballs and their relatives are typically simple builds, but such simplicity doesn’t need to extend to their flavor. Our July/August 2022 issue features an array of easy-going highball cocktails. And here are a handful of additional tall, fizzy options to help you cool off in the dog days ahead.
Cio-NottoThis Italian highball matches the delicately spiced bitterness of a classic amaro with the bright bite of a chinotto soda.
Cobble Stone HighballAmaro and sherry make a perfect flavor match with cooling cucumber and sparkling wine.
The Dutch ConnectionAn Arizona bartender’s favorite warm-weather cooler gets a genever backbone.
Fresh PostSuze and cucumbers in this gin highball make for a fresh and herbaceous sipper.
Gin CrownGin and genever share billing with citrus, walnut, and ginger beer in this refreshing highball.
Lovage: A BattlefieldThis refreshing cocktail blends the bittersweet flavor of Suze with the soft floral botanicals of Cocchi Americano.
Smoky ColaThe smokiness of scotch meets the subtle sweetness of cola.
Styles Upon Styles Bar Miriam in Seattle shares its all-time favorite low-ABV highball made with a French aperitif and Topo Chico.
Tropical PopsiclePassionfruit and Aperol meet Japanese whisky in this highball from Noble Experiment in San Diego.