Ballin’ is a Habit

McLain Hedges, RiNo Yacht Club | Denver, CO

McLain Hedges of Denver’s RiNo Yacht Club takes a Japanese highball, built on Suntory Toki whisky, and diverts it through France; his Ballin’ is a Habit sees three unorthodox additions, namely a full ounce of Dolin dry vermouth, a splash of St-Germain and a few drops of saline.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce Japanese whiskey, preferably Suntory Toki
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth, preferably Dolin
  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain
  • 6 drops saline solution (see Editor's Note)
  • soda water, to top (preferably Fever Tree)

Garnish: grapefruit twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Editor's Note

Saline Solution:
1 cup water
4 ounces salt

In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and heat until salt dissolves. Let cool to room temperature and bottle.