fbpx
back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Highball

,

Bartender pours an orange cocktail from a shaker into a salted glass.

Once upon a time.
Atlanta’s top mixologists.
One top-shelf cause.

  • Join us for the High’s annual fundraising mixology competition! Atlanta’s foremost bartenders will compete head-to-head and flex their imaginations to bring you their most creative cocktails, inspired by this year’s theme: Fairy Tales and Storybooks. The top three bartenders will each claim a cash prize, trophy, and bragging rights as one of Atlanta’s top mixologists.

    Join us to sample their creations, enjoy music and activities, and vote to name one mixologist the most sensational of them all!

    Proceeds from Highball support the High Museum of Art.
    View Event Page for more details.

     

    Early-Bird Ticket Sale (July 1–July 13)
    Member Ticket: $65
    General Ticket: $85
    VIP Ticket: $125
    General Ticket Sale (July 14–August 14)
    Member Ticket: $75
    General Ticket: $95
    VIP Ticket: $125

     
    Can’t attend but want to support the High?
    Donate Now

  • Meet the 2022 Competitors

    Orestes Cruz
    Establishment: Aziza
    Spirit: Tequila

    Jasmin Goldstein

    Jasmin Goldstein
    Establishment: Bar Politan
    Spirit: Vodka

    Raymond Sampson

    Raymond Sampson
    Establishment: Bar Vegan
    Spirit: Bourbon

    James Cramer

    James Cramer
    Establishment: Biltong Bar
    Spirit: Bourbon

    Cara McInerny

    Cara McInerney
    Establishment: Brassica
    Spirit: Vodka

     

    Sarah Lawrence
    Establishment: Cooks & Soldiers
    Spirit: Bourbon

     

    Ian Mendelsohn
    Establishment: Lure
    Spirit: Gin

    Katie Goldstein

    Katie Goldstein
    Establishment: JoJo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge
    Spirit: Gin

     

    Evan Sewell
    Establishment: Miller Union
    Spirit: Bourbon

    Jeremy Hathcoat

    Jeremy Hathcoat
    Establishment: Muss & Turner’s
    Spirit: Vodka

    Eric Bradley

    Eric Bradley
    Establishment: Saints + Council
    Spirit: Tequila

    Walter Gregg

    Walter Gregg
    Establishment: The Consulate
    Spirit: Tequila

    Rick Blumberg

    Rick Blumberg
    Establishment: The Woodall
    Spirit: Vodka

     

    William Elliano
    Establishment: The Wylie Hotel
    Spirit: Gin

    Jared Grisham

    Jared Grisham
    Establishment: Overproof Rum Bar
    Spirit: Gin

  • Highball winners were selected by guests’ and critics’ votes.
     

    2019 Winners:

    2019 Judges: Lauren Finney, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantan and Modern Luxury Atlanta; Ligaya Figueras, Food and Dining Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Randy Hayden, Beverage Manager of Slater Hospitality and the 2018 Highball Luxury Mixologist

    Erika Moore.

    Photo by: Reginald Eldridge

    Luxury Mixologist: Erika Moore
    Establishment: Parlor

    El Amanecer
    This is a Caribbean-inspired cocktail that pays respect to the fruit and spices naturally grown in that region. It’s a great cocktail to start the day with a refreshing kick.

    Ingredients:
    2 oz Caribbean’s Finest Gran Reserva Rum
    2 oz Guava Juice
    ½ oz Lemon Juice
    ¾ oz Pineapple–Green Tea Syrup
    5 drops of Pepper Juice
    Prosecco (topper)
    Jalapeño slice (garnish)

    Build ingredients in tin, shake, and strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with prosecco and garnish with a jalapeño slice.

     


    Mathew Riggins.

    Photo by: Reginald Eldridge

    Top-shelf Mixologist: Mathew Riggins
    Establishment: Negril Village Atlanta

    S.S. Maria
    A refreshingly spicy Bloody Mary Reposado re-imagined with strawberries and kissed by a salty sea breeze.

    Ingredients:   
    2 oz Frida Kahlo Tequila Reposado
    2 Whole Strawberries (reserve tops for garnish)
    ¼ Fresh Serrano Pepper (chopped)
    1 ½ oz Simple Syrup
    ¾ ounce Lemon Juice
    ¼ ounce Lime Juice
    1 Salt and Vinegar Potato Chip (garnish)

    Slice off tops of strawberries and reserve for garnish. Combine pepper and remaining strawberries in tin shaker and muddle. Add ice, simple syrup, and lemon and lime juices to strawberry pepper mixture, then cover and shake. Strain mixture through a mesh strainer into a mixing glass with ice. Add tequila and stir vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain contents of mixing glass into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with strawberry tops and potato chip.

     


    Greg Emilio.

    Photo by: Reginald Eldridge

    Classic Mixologist: Greg Emilio
    Establishment: Bellina Alimentari

    Roman Holiday
    This is a tropical, Italian, low-ABV take on a gimlet. The base is split between gin and sweet vermouth, and the lime cordial is swapped out for an utterly delicious pineapple-basil cordial. This is a drink for summer brunches—a bright, transporting libation to stimulate body and soul.

    Ingredients:
    1 oz Xoriguer Mahon Gin
    1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
    1 oz Pineapple-Basil Cordial
    ½ oz Lime Juice
    Angostura Bitters (garnish)
    1 Pineapple Wedge (garnish)

    Shake gin, sweet vermouth, cordial, and lime juice together. Double strain into a coupe glass; garnish with a spritz of Angostura bitters and a pineapple wedge.