Highballs: Matching mixers with whiskey

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TIPPLING is even easier with a handful of new drink recipes from Johnnie Walker.

Johnnie Walker gave guests a taste of its Highball collection during the launch of the Johnnie Walker arcade on Feb. 5. While the arcade, featuring wholesome games like air hockey, closed its run in Poblacion’s Kondwi on Feb. 8, the fun continues while the arcade makes its rounds within the metro (the brand’s Facebook page will keep you up to speed).

As for the drinks: Rian Asiddao, Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador, told us that the ratio for making a whisky highball was 3:1 (mixer to spirit, respectively). With that, Mr. Asiddao mixed the Johnnie and Lime Highball (with the brand’s Black Label and lemon-lime soda), Johnnie and Ginger (Double Black and ginger ale), and Johnnie and Apple (Gold Reserve and apple juice). Mr. Asiddaso said that the pairing were determined by their bases’ flavors: the zestiness of soda pairs with the fruity-smokiness of the Black Label, the intense smokiness of the Double Black goes with the spice and sweetness of ginger ale, and the Gold Reserve pairs with the acidity of the apple juice. “It complements the notes of the whisky,” said Mr. Asiddao.

The recipes are supposed to target those intimidated by the tradition and taste of whisky. “This is a good introduction for them,” he said. “We want to make it vibrant, we want to make it fun, we want to make it accessible to everyone.”

Whisky snobs might frown at the idea (imagine all that blending, just to be splashed down with juice!), but Mr. Asiddao reassures us: “When we talk about taste — food, whisky, gin, whatever — it’s subjective. You can enjoy whatever and however you want. In whisky, there are no rules. You can have it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail. So long as you enjoy it; it’s your preference.” — Joseph L. Garcia









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