What do Scout, Maybe Sammy and Icebergs have in common? They’ve all launched unique takes on the classic summer cocktail, the Whisky Highball.
How do you like to spend a perfect summer afternoon? Does it involve an esky of ice-cold 6-packs cracked with the ocean in view? Maybe you’d prefer a glass of chilled rosé and a decadent cheese platter to snack your way through to sunset? Whatever occasion you find yourself at, we’ve found the new drink you need to put on your radar this summer season.
Meet the Whisky Highball, the oh-so-refreshing cocktail that’s making a big comeback this year. So, what makes this drink such a winner during the warmer months? Served long and loaded with ice, the Highball proves the perfect way for Aussies to cool off after a long day in the sun (or even at the office). Why? The Highball’s lower ABV means you can sip your way through the night without fear of the hangover that awaits you in the morning.
This on-trend cocktail is already making big waves in Sydney’s bar scene (and with good reason) with a string of venues serving up limited edition cocktails from now until mid-November. We’ve rounded up three of the best Whisky Highballs from Sydney’s top bars to get you in the mood for summer. Where should you add to your list? Keep reading to find out.
For a sweet twist: Scout, Surry Hills
Scout is no stranger to crafting a well-made drink, and this latest limited edition cocktail is no exception. Meet ‘Papaya Don’t Preach’, a vibrant mix of Johnnie Walker Black Label with tea tree distillate, pluot soda and papaya cordial, served with papaya glass ($21).
Find Scout on Level 2 at The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown Street Surry Hills. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm to 12 am.
For a tropical hit: Maybe Sammy, CBD
Earning itself a place in the World’s 50 Best Bars, we’ve come to expect great things from the team at Maybe Sammy. And this cocktail doesn’t disappoint. Introducing the ‘Johnnie & Flamingo’, a flavoursome mix of Johnnie Walker Black Label, citric acid, Peychaud’s Bitter, coconut syrup and house-made tropical soda served with a flamingo straw and a kaffir lime leaf ($15). Plus swing by between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on weekdays to enjoy a Smoking Gun Bagel for $20 too.
Find Maybe Sammy at 115 Harrington Street, The Rocks. Open: Tuesday to Thursday from 4:30 pm to 1 am, Friday 12 pm to 1 am and Saturday 4:30 pm to 12 am.
For a touch of citrus: Icebergs, Bondi
Cocktails with a side of water views? Count us in. We’ll be heading to Icebergs to nab a ‘Walking on Thin Ice’, featuring Johnnie Walker Black Label, Bergamot syrup, verjus, pastis and soda garnished with frozen Bergamot skin ($20).
Find Icebergs at 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach. Open: Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 12 am and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm.