“A great highball all comes back to using high-quality ingredients and serving them in a manner that looks and feels as enjoyable as it tastes,” says Erik Delanoy, veteran bartender and New York Portfolio Brand Ambassador for Edrington Americas (The Macallan, Brugal, Highland Park, et al). “If you break that down to the building blocks, there are four essentials: alcohol, ice, mixer, and vessel. First, choose a spirit that you’d gladly sip neat––adding an effervescent modifier is simply stretching out those flavors. If you’re particular about ice, prepare that ahead of time in your preferred mold (they come in all shapes and sizes). Lastly, think about your glassware. Is it well-weighted? Does it feature some sort of facet, texture, or other tactile element? Those small details will contribute to the experience as a whole,” he shares.