Horse's Neck Cocktail Recipe

Horse's Neck Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Horse's Neck cocktail has a long history, dating back to the late 19th century. It was originally a non-alcoholic beverage, made with just ginger ale and lemon peel. Eventually, it evolved into an alcoholic drink with the addition of bourbon or brandy. The name 'Horse's Neck' comes from the long spiral of lemon peel that resembles a horse's neck.

  • Popular among British Royal Navy officers
  • Featured in various movies and novels
  • Gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition

How Horse's Neck Tastes?

The Horse's Neck cocktail is a refreshing, slightly sweet, and tangy drink with a hint of spiciness from the ginger ale. The bourbon or brandy adds warmth and depth to the flavor, making it a well-balanced and satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Horse's Neck

  • The Horse's Neck was originally served as a non-alcoholic drink
  • It was a popular drink among British Royal Navy officers
  • The cocktail has been featured in various movies and novels


A few good options for Horse's Neck are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Recipe. How to make Horse's Neck Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour 2 oz of bourbon or brandy over the ice
  3. Top with 4 oz of ginger ale
  4. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  5. Garnish with a long spiral of lemon peel, draped over the edge of the glass

Pro Tips

  • Use a vegetable peeler to get a long, thin strip of lemon peel
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the bourbon or brandy
  • Experiment with different brands of ginger ale to find your preferred taste

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What you could change in Horse's Neck

  • Bourbon or Brandy: Can be substituted with whiskey or rum
  • Ginger Ale: Can be replaced with ginger beer for a spicier kick
  • Angostura Bitters: Other types of bitters can be used for a different flavor profile

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Frequently Asked Questions on Horse's Neck

What type of glass is best to serve the Horse's Neck cocktail?

While a highball glass is often used and recommended, you can also serve the Horse's Neck in a Collins glass for a taller, thinner look.

Why does the Horse's Neck cocktail use a spiral of lemon peel instead of a standard lemon slice?

In addition to being visually stunning, the spiral of lemon peel adds a burst of fresh citrus aroma that enhances the overall sensory experience of the cocktail.

What's the best bourbon or brandy to use for the Horse's Neck?

The perfect bourbon or brandy for a Horse's Neck really depends on personal preference, as different brands will contribute to a slightly different flavor profile. Generally, for bourbon, brands like Maker's Mark or Woodford Reserve are solid choices whereas for brandy, consider brands like Hennessy or Courvoisier.

What's the ideal ratio of ingredients for a Horse's Neck?

While the exact ratio can vary based on personal taste, a typical ratio is 2 parts bourbon or brandy, 4 parts ginger ale, and a couple dashes of bitters. Remember, the key to a great cocktail is balance.

Can I make a large batch of Horse's Neck for a party?

Absolutely! The Horse's Neck is a great cocktail for batching. Simply scale up the ingredients based on the number of servings you need, remembering to keep the ratio consistent.

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Extra information to help you make Horse's Neck

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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