Japanese Highball Cocktail

(Credit: Joe Leonard)

(Credit: Joe Leonard)

I was recently sent a bottle of Suntory TOKI, which is Suntory’s (home of many brands including famed whisky brand Yamazaki) whisky blend sourced from Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita. I’ve yet to try it but the tasting notes hint at a fruity, green/mint tone that will be interesting to try out.

One thing I did want to share is a fun little classic cocktail known as a Highball. Technically, a Highball is any spirit mixed with a larger percentage of a non-alcoholic mixer. Traditionally, the most common one is scotch whisky and carbonated water – a scotch and soda.

As you’d imagine, a Japanese Highball involves a Japanese whisky like Toki, carbonated water, and a garnish as photo’d.

Japanese Highball Cocktail

  • 2 oz whisky
  • 2-4 oz. club soda

In a 12 oz glass, fill it with ice. Add in the whisky, stir, then add in the club soda, stir gently. Garnish with an orange if you’d like.


3 thoughts on “Japanese Highball Cocktail

  1. why ruin perfectly good scotch (or Japanese whiskey) with something like water or fruit?
    Love your posts. keep them coming. would love to read your opinion of some higher percentage bourbons (my fav. is Booker’s)..


  2. So how was the Toki? High Ball is an okay drink. I like it with Canadian Club, or Mist, maybe Seagrams. My son likes to make Manhattans, and Old Fashions. And he is constantly trying new recipes.. So I get to taste his creations.

  3. I was in Japan about a year ago, and saw a Suntory whiskey called Chita. My first night that visit, so I figured I’d try it. I asked for it straight, said it twice and I was with a fluent speaker who thought I was clear enough about it; but I got a highball, just like in the picture on the menu where I saw Chita advertised…

    Well, it was great. I brought home a bottle of Chita along with a bunch of other stuff, but still haven’t opened that one and tried it straight yet, lol.

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