Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week I want to talk to you about a deceptively simply, though very worthwhile cocktail: The Scotch highball.
Photos by Claire Lower.
Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week was kind of tough and it left me craving something abundantly easy, and what could be easier than something chugged by pirates?
I am not much of Scotch cocktail drinker, mainly because I don't want to get yelled a by old men who are offended that I would dilute the spirit in any way. But the Scotch highball is gloriously guzzle-able, and so elegant in its simplicity that it deserves a place in your "after a long day at the office" routine. (It's also startlingly light in colour, but don't worry - there's 60mL of booze in there.) To make this all-business beverage, you will need:
- 60mL of your favourite Scotch (start with a blend if you don't want to "waste" your good stuff)
- Extremely cold soda water
- A strip of lemon zest, if you fancy
I know this is "the good stuff" but someone gave it to me for free.
Pour your Scotch into a highball, fill that highball with ice, and top the whole thing with cold, crisp soda water. Give it a stir and bathe in the effervescence. Express the oils from a strip of lemon zest over the beverage before setting it in the highball. Drink immediately.