Lemon swans cant get enough of this champagne bubble whiskey.
Lemon swans can't get enough of this champagne-bubble whiskey. Neither can I. (Nor can I get enough of portrait mode, apparently.) RS

PSA for whiskey drinkers: Late last month, Tamari Bar, a new-ish and very good Japanese pub on Capitol Hill, installed a Suntory Whisky Toki Highball machine.

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Though it only makes one humble beverage, this machine rules. Whiskey sodas normally reduce the power and authority of the booze, but the highball machine produces superfine, champagne-like bubbles that enhance the whiskey's flavor. The bartender at Tamari Bar drops a long, rectangular ice cube in a frosty mug, keeping the drink cool to its core. She also sticks a lemon swan on the rim, which is fun to tip into the drink. Lemon swans a-swimming! (Kill me.)

Though the Toki highball serves first and foremost as a refreshing summer drink, I'm definitely making it a year-round order. Its bright effervescence cuts through the izakaya's green bean poutine, sushi rolls topped with little slices of jalapeño, and any of the fried snacks on the menu. Plus, I can always use a taste of summer when the monocloud descends.

There are only two of these machines in Seattle and only 30 in the United States. At Tamari Bar, the drink costs $11. They're selling it for $15 over at The Nest, but that drink comes with a grapefruit peel and a view.

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