The retro cocktail that’s making a comeback

The traditional Highball is popular once again!

Yes, that's right, the Whisky Highball is coming back to bars near you with a vengeance. 

To get some insight into what has been dubbed the cocktail of the season, we chat to Stefano Catino, owner of Maybe Sammy, which was recently named in the World’s 50 best Bars. 

History lesson

"The Highball was was popularised in the US in the early 20th century, but it was actually born in the UK during the late 90th century when carbonated water was readily available," Stefano explains. "The upper classes found something exciting to mix with their brandy, and Scotch became the most popular way to drink a highball - the Scotch and Soda was born."

Why is it so popular now?

One of the reasons this cocktail is rising in popularityis that it's refreshing, easy to drink and easy to order at a bar, Stefano reveals. 

"Recently we’ve an increase in people opting to order a highball cocktail so they can get back to socialising with friends, instead of taking time to wait for a shaken cocktail," he adds.

Has the typical Highball customer changed?

Stefano says the Highball customer has dramatically changed and adds that it may be due to the fact it's a much more approachable drink now.

"I think the nature of the highball cocktail means the scotch is mixed with complimentary flavours and ingredients which make it appeal to all palates – so we have seen an increasingly see a variety of people of all genders and ages ordering it," he tells. "For example one of the limited edition cocktails on our menu at the moment is the ‘Johnnie & Flamingo’, a mix of Johnnie Walker Black Label, citric acid, Peychaud’s Bitter, coconut syrup and house made tropical soda served with a flamingo straw and a kaffir lime leaf – this might not be how you would expect to see Scotch served, but the scotch being served within the Highball cocktail broadens the appeal of the highball and I believe why we’ve seen an increase in its popularity." 

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with five of the best bars in Sydney and Melbourne - Scout, Maybe Sammy (recently named in the World’s 50 best Bars), Icebergs, Bar Margaux and Capitano - to create some of the best Whisky Highballs around, until mid-November.

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