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Horse’s Neck Cocktail

This perfect cocktail warms your body as soon as you take your first sip. If this is the kind of feeling you are looking for, you will enjoy drinking a Horse’s Neck. This cocktail not only has a pleasant taste but is also appealing to the eye. 

It’s also easy and fast to prepare since it has only a few ingredients. Read on for more information about the Horse’s Neck and how you can prepare it.

About the Horse’s Neck and Its History

This drink gets its name from the long, loopy lemon twist that curls inside the glass. The origin of the Horse’s Neck can be dated back to the late 19th century. At this time, a Horse’s Neck was a mixture of lemon peel, ginger ale, and ice. 

After several years, alcoholic products such as brandy or bourbon were added to the ingredients, making it an alcoholic cocktail. Even after the invention of the alcoholic Horse’s Neck, the non-alcoholic type was still in existence.

This continued up to the early 1960s, when it was phased out. When the two versions were being served simultaneously, bartenders differentiated them by saying, “a Horse’s Neck with a kick,” for the alcoholic version. After the non-alcoholic version was phased out, it was no longer necessary to order the cocktail “with a kick.”

Ingredients of the Horse’s Neck Cocktail

  • Long lemon peel spiral, garnish
  • Four ounces’ ginger ale
  • Two ounces’ bourbon, brandy, or American rye whiskey
  • Three dashes bitters

Directions to Make

  1. Using a channel knife, peel the lemon to create a long spiral lemon twist.
  2. Twist the peel around your finger or bar spoon to create a coil.
  3. Drop the lemon peel into a Collins glass or highball glass.
  4. Ensure that one end of the peel settles at the bottom of the glass while the other end hangs over the top of the glass.
  5. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  6. Pour the bourbon or brandy and top it with the ginger ale.
  7. Add a few dashes of bitter.
  8. Stir the mixture properly. It is then ready for serving.

The preparation time for this recipe is five minutes. Therefore, you do not have to wait for long before your drink is ready.

How Do You Get the Longest Lemon Peel?

The longer the lemon peel, the better your Horse’s Neck will be. The goal is usually to get the peel from the entire lemon. Unfortunately, getting this long lemon peel is easier said than done. To help you get a good peel twist, first ensure that you use a channel knife.

Begin peeling at one end of the lemon and steadily move your hand around the lemon until you get to the other end.

Do not lose hope if you fail to get the perfect twist on your first trial. You may have to sacrifice several lemons for practice before you can get the perfect spiral. Strive until you can get the long twist since a short one will not make your drink a classic Horse’s Neck.

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