August 10th Is Highball Day! Celebrate with Kizakura Yuzu Highball

Origin of Highball

A highball is a mixed alcoholic drink composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer, often a carbonated beverage. Highballs are popular in Japan, often made with Japanese whisky as a haiboru (ハイボール), or mixed with shochu as a chuhai (チューハイ).

Highball is especially popular with the Japanese as an alcoholic beverage to enjoy while eating, since it's hard to drink straight whiskey during a meal. Adding soda water and ice dilutes it enough to eat without food without killing the liquor’s flavor.

The origins of the term “highball” are disputed, but there are several plausible theories. One theory is that it comes from railroads of the past that used to display the train order signal at an open station in the form of a ball mounted on a stanchion. It the ball was at the top, that meant "Highball" and there were no train orders to be picked up or the track ahead was clear.  Alternatively, the name may have come from bartenders who used to call whiskey drinks "balls", and tall or "high" glasses were used for the drink.


Kizakura Yuzu Highball

Highball, the soul drink of Japan, is a fusion of alcoholic base spirit and soda, while highballs are often made with Japanese whisky, shochu and sake also make great highballs. On this Highball Day, we recommend trying sake-style highball!

Kizakura Yuzu Highball is one of new series of Japanese RTD (ready to drink) sake cocktails. This highball is made from Yuzu infused in Kizakura semi dry sake and carbonated to give extra refreshment. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit which is tart and sour flavor, with a bit of bitterness and highly aromatic rind.

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