Xplore Whisky Highball

How to make the perfect Whisky Highball

Unlock the timeless allure of the classic Whisky Highball, an Australian favourite, and a timeless classic known for its refreshing simplicity. Originating in the early 1900s, this iconic cocktail is a go-to choice, loved for its straightforward elegance and the ability to showcase the true essence of whisky.


Part of the cherished highball cocktail culture, the Whisky Highball effortlessly marries your favorite whisky with a generous pour of non-alcoholic mixer. Initially known as "scotch and soda," this beloved drink has elevated into a modern classic by our Manly Spirits Mixologists using a few key ingredients:

  • 50 ml Coastal Stone: Xplore Whisky
  • 120ml ginger beer
  • 7ml honey cordial
  • 2 dash Angostura bitter

Garnish: Lemon twist


1. Chill Your Glass:Begin by ensuring your highball glass is thoroughly chilled. You can do this by placing it in the freezer for about 15 minutes or filling it with ice and allowing it to sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. Gather Your Ingredients:Assemble all the necessary components: Coastal Stone: Xplore Whisky, ginger beer, honey cordial, Angostura bitters, and a lemon twist for garnish.

3. Prepare the Ice:Fill the chilled highball glass with ice cubes. The cold temperature and dilution from the ice will help meld the flavors of the drink.

4. Pour the Whisky:Measure 50 ml of Coastal Stone: Xplore Whisky using a jigger or measuring cup. Gently pour the whisky over the ice in the highball glass.

5. Add the Honey Cordial:Add 7 ml (approximately one and a half teaspoon) of honey cordial to the glass using a cocktail spoon. The honey cordial will impart a subtle sweetness that balances the drink's flavors.

6. Dash of Bitters:Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to the mixture. These bitters will contribute aromatic complexity and a hint of spice to the cocktail.

7. Top with Ginger Beer:Carefully pour 120 ml of Fever Tree ginger beer over the other ingredients. The effervescence of the ginger beer will lift the flavors and create a refreshing fizz.

8. Stir Gently:Give the cocktail a gentle stir to combine all the components. Be cautious not to over-stir, as you want to retain the drink's effervescence.

9. Garnish with a Lemon Twist:To enhance the drink's aroma and visual appeal, garnish your Whisky Highball with a lemon twist. Express the lemon peel over the drink by holding it over the glass and giving it a slight twist to release the oils.

10. Serve and Enjoy:Your Whisky Highball is now ready to be savored. Serve it immediately while it's at its freshest and most effervescent.

This harmonious blend of Coastal Stone: Xplore Whisky, zesty ginger beer, a hint of honey cordial, and the aromatic touch of Angostura bitters creates a symphony of flavours. Crowned with a delicate lemon twist, it's a refreshing masterpiece that allows whisky enthusiasts to embark on a journey of taste and discovery.