Whisky, Remixed: The Chivas HiBall Is Anything But Serious
Whisky’s default market is dads, titos, and anyone in between. Maybe something about its strong, oaky taste is just naturally appropriate for feeling like a big shot who means business. Not to mention the fact that whisky is also a symbol of success and luxury. For whatever reason, whisky has come to mean all these things, and can be intimidating to younger people.
The Japanese take on whisky, however, can put whisky in a whole new light.
In Japan, a popular way to enjoy whisky is the whisky highball, an iced alcoholic beverage featuring a mix of whisky and soda, served in a tall glass. It’s a staple at izakayas and bars in Japan, and people from around the globe tip their hats to the Japanese for elevating the drink to a form of art.
So if you think whisky isn’t for the younger generation—the hustle generation—think again and have a sip of the Chivas HiBall.
The blend of Chivas Regal’s aged Scotch whisky and a refreshing ice-cold soda makes for a fun, light, and refreshing drink that everyone can enjoy. The Chivas HiBall embodies, in a way, the clashing of the highs and lows of cultural touchpoints—the luxury lifestyle that’s linked to Chivas’ brand and the Japanese’s street culture where highballs became a drinking staple.
How to make a Chivas HiBall
The Chivas HiBall is made with one part whisky, in particular, the Chivas 12, three parts soda, and ice. Just fill a highball glass with ice cubes, pour in the ingredients, and top it off with an orange wedge for garnish.
Note that the drink uses the classic Chivas 12, which blends 12-year-old Scotch whiskies and bears the aroma of vanilla, hazelnut, and butterscotch.
The beauty of the highball, though, is that you can make it your own. You'll still need one part Chivas 12 and ice cubes as your default ingredients, but you can use two parts soda and one part juice of your choice.
For example: Add cherry juice to your base of whisky and soda, then top off with actual cherries or apple juice, and garnish it with a wedge of green apple. This will give you a lighter highball drink than the full-bodied classic Chivas HiBall with just whisky and soda.
Highball recipes are ridiculously easy to make and even easier to drink. They’re proof that you need not fear whisky, and that you don’t need to be a tito to keep a bottle around at home.
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