Basic Highball - Was invented in 1895, but became common in the speakeasies in the 20's. 1 ounce whiskey 5 ounces cold ginger ale Twist of lemon peel Pour the whiskey into a chilled highball glass over ice. Add ginger ale to fill; then garnish with lemon peel. “Build” the drink in the glass by slowly adding ingredients one at a time. Avoid overstirring freshly opened carbonated beverages.