How to Make Kakubin Highball

Drinking whisky in the height of summer may not be to everyone’s liking but the Kakubin Highball is a sessionable, light and refreshing alternative to beer and wine.

Kakubin Highball

Kakubin (40% ABV) is a Japanese blended whisky by Suntory whisky. The brand dates back to 1937 and “Kakubin”  means “square bottle” referring to the shape of the bottle it comes in. Most likely. you won’t be sipping Kakubin neat as this not the equivalent to the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki trio. It’s an affordable whisky that is best served highball style.

The Kakubin Highball has taken Japan by storm and with hot summers in Australia, this is very simple and refreshing drink to make at home when friends pop around or at BBQs at home.

How to Make Kakubin Highball


  • 30 ml of Kakubin
  • 120 ml of cold soda water
  • wedge of lemon
  • ice cubes

Glassware: Kakubin mug or beer mug


Fill the mug with ice cubes and squeeze the wedge of lemon. Add Kakubin, top with soda water, stir and serve.

How to Make Kakubin Highball was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.