Whisky Highball

The Whisky Highball (or Mizuwari – literally “cut with water”) is simple but often complicated by ritual. It has a long history in Japan and can be drunk as an aperitif or with food. With so few ingredients, the choice of whisky makes all the difference

Whisky Highball


  • 120ml

    Chilled mineral water (Mizuwari) or sparkling water (Highball)

  • 50ml

    Johnnie Walker Black Label

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    highball glass



  • Method

    Fill a (thin) highball with very cold ice, ideally large cubes to reduce the surface area.

    Stir until the glass is very cold, then strain off the excess water

    Add the whisky and stir (some say 13 ½ times, clockwise)

    Add more ice if needed, top with the water and stir (another 3 ½ times)