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Horse’s Neck

Boozy Refreshing Horses Neck Cocktail with Brandy

The Horse’s Neck is an unusual and delightful cocktail that I’d like to introduce to you today. Indulge in this cocktail for more than just a sip. This refreshing cocktail is ideal for individuals who enjoy a combination of sweet and spicy flavors, thanks to its ginger ale and subtle bourbon mixture. Though its name may be amusing, you’ll see why it’s a hit with our customers after you give it a go.

Tasting Notes

The Horse’s Neck cocktail offers a wonderful balance of flavors. You’ll first notice the warm, rich taste of bourbon, which then perfectly blends with the spicy kick of ginger ale. The addition of a lemon peel adds a slight citrusy aroma and taste, making the drink even more refreshing. It’s a perfect symphony of flavors that dance together in harmony.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Horse’s Neck, you don’t need fancy equipment. Just a long spoon for stirring, a peeler for the lemon zest, and a measuring tool for the bourbon. As for glassware, this cocktail shines in a highball glass. The tall shape of the glass allows the unique lemon peel garnish to stand out, making your drink not only tasty but also a feast for the eyes.

Ingredients

For a single serving of Horse’s Neck, you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ ounces of bourbon
  • Ginger ale, to top up
  • A long strip of lemon peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Take your highball glass and fill it with ice.
  2. Pour the bourbon over the ice.
  3. Gently top it up with ginger ale.
  4. Carefully twist a long strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it in as garnish.
  5. Stir the mix with a long spoon, and it’s ready to serve.
See also  Bourbon Rickey

Pro Tips

To elevate your Horse’s Neck:

  • Use a vegetable peeler to get a long and thin lemon peel.
  • Chill the glass before making the drink to keep it extra refreshing.
  • Adjust the bourbon and ginger ale ratio according to your taste. More bourbon for a stronger drink, more ginger ale for a lighter one.

When to Serve

The Horse’s Neck is versatile. It’s perfect for a hot summer day, a casual gathering, or even as a classy drink for a formal event. Its refreshing taste makes it an excellent choice for any occasion.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Horse’s Neck, a quality bourbon is key. Brands like Buffalo Trace or Maker’s Mark are great choices. They offer the smoothness and depth of flavor that this cocktail deserves.

Similar Cocktails

If you like the Horse’s Neck, you might also enjoy these similar cocktails:

  1. Whiskey Ginger: A simple, refreshing mix of whiskey and ginger ale, perfect for a casual drink.
  2. Bourbon and Soda: A minimalist cocktail featuring bourbon and club soda, showcasing the bourbon’s flavor.
  3. Moscow Mule: A zesty cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served in a copper mug.
  4. Dark and Stormy: A bold mix of dark rum and ginger beer, accented with a wedge of lime, known for its rich flavor.
  5. Kentucky Mule: A Southern twist on the Moscow Mule, swapping vodka for bourbon, offering a warmer, smoother taste.

History

The Horse’s Neck started as a non-alcoholic drink in the late 1800s but evolved into the bourbon-based cocktail we know today by the early 1900s. Its name comes from the long spiral of lemon peel that resembles a horse’s neck, making this drink as intriguing in its presentation as it is in taste.

See also  Pimm's Cup

FAQs

  • Can I make it without alcohol?
    Yes, just skip the bourbon for a refreshing ginger ale and lemon drink.
  • What if I don’t have bourbon?
    You can use other types of whiskey, though the taste will be slightly different.
  • Is it a strong drink?
    It can be, depending on how much bourbon you use. Adjust to your liking.

Enjoy making and sipping on your Horse’s Neck – a cocktail that promises a unique blend of flavors and a refreshing experience. Cheers!

Boozy Refreshing Horses Neck Cocktail with Brandy

Horse's Neck

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a Horse's Neck cocktail is a simple process that requires only a few ingredients and tools. Here's how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces of bourbon
  • Ginger ale, to top up
  • A long strip of lemon peel for garnish

Instructions

    1. Take your highball glass and fill it with ice.
    2. Pour the bourbon over the ice.
    3. Gently top it up with ginger ale.
    4. Carefully twist a long strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it in as garnish.
    5. Stir the mix with a long spoon, and it's ready to serve.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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