The Story Behind The Herbal Highball

Ask a bartender, and they’ll tell you large, clean ice is the only way to go when you’re serving a Japanese whisky Highball. The classic cocktail relies on very specific preparation and is in the midst of a major renaissance in Japan and worldwide.

I decided to go in a different direction with this one, though. I used crushed ice and flavored syrup to give it a sweetly spiced note and fun, seasonal vibe. The ice increases dilution, too, which balances the pumpkin syrup beautifully.


  • 2 ounces blended whisky
  • ½ ounce pumpkin spice syrup, such as Monin
  • 3 ounces chilled soda


  1. Combine whisky and syrup in a Highball glass over crushed ice.
  2. Top with soda.
  3. Stir to combine ingredients.

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Updated: 2022-03-09

The Herbal Highball Recipe