How to Make a Horse’s Neck Cocktail

The Horse’s Neck cocktail is a famous mixture of drinks in United States of America and it is usually made with the help of ginger ale and brandy as an alcoholic component, and then it is garnished with the help of a long lemon peel spiral. This drink has many other variants such as Kentucky Gentleman drink, which is very famous in Canada and is prepared with the help of rye and ginger. The drink itself is very old fashioned and early versions of the Horse’s neck cocktail did not include any type of alcoholic component. During 1890s, the drink was made with the help of ice, lemon and ginger ale. The same version of the drink was available in hotels and bars until 1950s and 1960s but after that, bartenders started using brandy to make it alcoholic. During the 1960s, the drink was also popular drink within Royal Navy’s messes. The best part of the drink is that it is very refreshing and can lift any one’s mood, so if you want to earn some attention or want to please your guests with this drink, then you should follow the simple steps below to make the Horse’s Neck cocktail at home.

Things you will need: Old fashioned Collins glass, stir stick
Serving size: One serving
Preparation time to make this cocktail: 5 minutes

Ingredients needed for Horse’s Neck cocktail recipe
– 2 ounces of bourbon
– 8 ounces of ginger ale
– 2 to 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
–  Peeled lemon spiral
– Ice cubes as required


  • 1

    Take a Collins glass and carefully place the spiral lemon peel on the edge of the glass and secure one of its ends over the glass’s lip.

  • 2

    Now add ice cubes in the glass as required and then pour 8 ounces of ginger ale and 2 ounces of bourbon in it.

  • 3

    Now if you wish to add angostura bitters (optional) then add 2 to 3 dashes of it.

  • 4

    Stir the drink with the help of a stir stick.

  • 5

    Your Horse’s neck cocktail is ready to serve.

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