It gets it’s name from the long lemon twist that hangs over the edge of the glass, resembling a horse’s neck.
This easy cocktail needs to be on everyone’s must make list. So easy. So delicious and so refreshing!
I don’t do many mocktails around here. And by not many, I mean none. This cocktail is one that actually started it’s life as a mocktail, and can be served as one, or you can turn it into a delicious cocktail.
The Horse’s Neck was actually one of the earliest non alcoholic drinks to appear in print, in 1895. It was ginger ale simply garnished with a long lemon peel.
By adding a couple of ounces of bourbon, you turn it into a Horse’s Neck with Kick! We like ours with a kick, thank you very much!
- Bourbon – since this is a favorite Kentucky Derby Cocktail, you want to use a Kentucky bourbon. We are using Old Forester. You can also use brandy or rye whiskey.
- Ginger Ale – you can use ginger ale or ginger beer. We prefer the extra spiciness of ginger beer.
- Angostura Bitters – this is optional (according to some) but we like the depth of flavor that it brings.
- Lemon – to make the long, long, long lemon twist. Save the juice for a Bees Knees!
Begin by making the long lemon twist. You can make a thick twist using a vegetable peeler, but to get a thin twist, we use a channel knife (affiliate link.). This is easiest to do on a fresh, firm lemon. The older the lemon, the more leathery the peel and it’s harder to keep it going long.
Wind the peel along the outside of a collins glass and fill with ice.
Add the bourbon to the glass.
Top with ginger beer or ginger ale. We love the extra spicy version of ginger beer.
Add a dash of Angostura Bitters to the glass. Note – a dash is 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Stir to combine.
How easy was that? I love easy cocktails, don’t you?
What’s so great about this cocktail, besides how easy it is and how delicious, is that it makes a great mocktail too. You can also just decrease the amount of bourbon in it as your party goes on and finish with a tasty low alcohol cocktail!
Ginger Beer Cocktails
Using ginger beer as a mixer is an easy way to make some amazing cocktails! You’ll want to try some or all of these!
- Kentucky Buck Cocktail – whiskey, ginger beer, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, lemon, and a strawberry.
- Apple Maple Dark and Stormy – dark rum, ginger beer, maple syrup, apple juice, and an apple.
- Spicy Moscow Mule – celery black pepper vodka, ginger beer. celery stick and a lemon wedge.
- Dark and Stormy – dark rum, ginger beer and a lime wedge.
- Blackberry Ginger Fizz – vodka, blackberries, ginger beer, mint, lime juice and simple syrup.
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Horse's Neck Cocktail
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters 1/8 of a teaspoon
- 1 Lemon Peel
- Using a channel knife or vegetable peeler, create as long of a lemon twist as you can.
- Drape the twist around the glass and hang over the edge and fill the glass with ice.
- Pour the bourbon into the glass and top with ginger beer.
- Add the dash of bitters and stir.