cocktail recipe

Highball

1 1/4 oz. Liquor

Water, Ginger Ale, 7-Up or Soda

Build with your choice of Liquor in a Highball glass filled with ice

Garnish as desired.

A Vodka and Tonic is actually a highball, as is a Presbytarian, or a Rum and Coke. 

Although claimed by Patrick Gavin Duffy, author of The Official Mixer's Manual, the Highball probably comes from a St. Louis saloon owned by John Slaughtery who catered to railroad workers. The glass was called a ball back then. Workers only had time for a quick drink, and thus named their whiskey and water a highball. The railroad signal that was a ball on a high pole to tell an engineer to speed up was named for the drink.