Find out which Auckland waterfront bar is serving a bespoke highball

Here to satisfy Auckland’s never-dying thirst for highballs, the Viaduct’s Parasol & Swing are pouring their very own unique take on the classic highball.

I thought this winter would be a great time to dig deeper into the annals of drink history and find some classics. An original highball is a simple, classic and a popular way to enjoy your favourite whisky. This ‘king of tall drinks’ dates back from the 1980s originates from Japan, then later made its way to America, it is, simply, nothing but spirits, ice, and soda water or ginger ale. 

Honestly, I would love to book a flight right now and take a trip to Japan and indulge myself in the roots of highballs, but reality hit and I decided to take a bar crawl around the city instead. So, it’s a great time to jump on the highball bandwagon and taste the varieties New Zealand’s mixologist gurus have to offer!

Introducing the Johnnie Orchard, the brainchild of Parasol and Swing’s head mixologist Gina. The two-level charmer in the heart of the Viaduct offers attentive hospitality, juicy burgers, cheese & charcuterie...and, of course, some top-notch cocktails!

Johnnie Walker and benedictine go together like Bonnie and Clyde. The rich depth of flavour of Johnnie Walker lays the foundation while the benedictine, a herbal liqueur produced in France, comes from a 16th-century monk recipe and includes a blend of 27 herbs, spices and peels. Top the drink off with fresh apple, ginger, honey, and lapsang souchong (smoked tea). 

We’ve seen what Ponsonby’s CLIPPER has to offer, now it’s time to take it to the waterfront to experience their unique approach to the liberated classic. Where to next? Stay tuned to find out.

This activation will run for one month.