Presbyterian Cocktail Recipe

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Presbyterian Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0 g

Carbohydrates:14 g


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.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Presbyterian cocktail has a long and storied history, dating back to the 19th century. It is said to have originated in the United States, and was a popular choice among the Presbyterian community. The drink's simple yet elegant composition made it a favorite among those who appreciated a well-balanced and refreshing cocktail.

  • The Presbyterian is often associated with the Prohibition era, as its light and easy-to-drink nature made it a popular choice for those looking to enjoy a discreet and low-key beverage.
  • The cocktail has seen a resurgence in recent years, with many bartenders and mixologists rediscovering its classic charm and timeless appeal.

How Presbyterian Tastes?

The Presbyterian cocktail is a well-balanced, refreshing, and slightly effervescent drink. It has a subtle sweetness from the ginger ale, a gentle warmth from the whiskey, and a hint of tartness from the lemon juice. The overall flavor profile is light, crisp, and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Presbyterian

  • The Presbyterian is sometimes referred to as a 'Whiskey Highball' due to its similar composition and flavor profile.
  • The cocktail is often served in a Collins glass, which is tall and narrow, allowing for ample room for ice and garnishes.
  • The Presbyterian can be easily customized by using different types of whiskey, such as bourbon, rye, or scotch, to suit individual preferences.


A few good options for Presbyterian are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Whiskey is the heart of the Presbyterian, providing warmth and depth. Too little and the drink is timid; too much and it overpowers the lighter ingredients. Miss out, and you lose the cocktail's soul.

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Ginger Ale

The spicy sweetness of ginger ale is what gives this cocktail its kick. Not enough ginger ale, and it's like a party without music; too much and you'll drown out the rest of the ensemble.

Alex Green

Club Soda

Club soda adds the fizzy lift. It's like the background singer that you don't always notice, but without it, the star can't shine as bright.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is a zesty touch that cuts through, offering a much-needed acidity to balance flavors. Forget the lemon juice, and the cocktail may feel a bit one-dimensional.

Emma Rose

Lemon Wheel & Maraschino Cherry

Like the cherry on top, garnishes add that aesthetic appeal and a hint of extra flavor, creating a feast for the eyes and a tiny taste with each sip.

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Recipe. How to make Presbyterian Drink

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of whiskey to the glass.
  3. Pour in 4 oz of ginger ale and 2 oz of club soda.
  4. Add 0.5 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  5. Gently stir the cocktail to combine the ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, fresher flavor.
  • Chill your glass before preparing the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Experiment with different types of whiskey to find your personal preference.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sliders: The combination of meaty flavors with the bubbly spice of the cocktail creates a palate-pleasing contrast.
  • Fried Calamari: Light and crispy, it's the perfect snack to sip with your Presbyterian.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue Pork: This cocktail's ginger and lemon notes cut through the richness of BBQ sauce.
  • Grilled Chicken Salad: Light and refreshing, just like the drink itself!


  • Lemon Tart: Echoes the citrus in the drink.
  • Ginger Spice Cake: To complement the ginger ale's zesty kick.

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What you could change in Presbyterian

  • Whiskey: Can be replaced with bourbon, rye, or scotch.
  • Ginger Ale: Can be substituted with ginger beer for a spicier kick.
  • Club Soda: Can be replaced with tonic water for a slightly bitter taste.

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Bourbon Presbyterian

Substitute whiskey with bourbon for a sweeter, fuller flavor. The vanilla notes of bourbon will dance with the ginger ale.

Spicy Presbyterian

Add a small slice of fresh ginger or a dash of ginger syrup for an extra kick. The spice will take center stage, make no mistake!

Smoky Presbyterian

Use a peaty Scotch instead of traditional whiskey for a smoky touch. This twist is like sitting by a campfire, with the smoky flavor lingering on your palate.

In case you forgot basics how to make Presbyterian

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions on Presbyterian

Is Presbyterian considered a strong cocktail?

While the Presbyterian does contain whiskey which is a strong liquor, the addition of ginger ale and club soda dilutes the strength making it a relatively lighter cocktail.

Can I make the Presbyterian cocktail without ginger ale?

Yes, you can substitute the ginger ale for other fizzy beverages. However, ginger ale gives the Presbyterian cocktail its unique taste.

How do I store leftover Presbyterian cocktail?

It's recommended to drink the Presbyterian cocktail immediately after making it. If you have a leftover, you can refrigerate it but the soda might lose its fizz.

What is the ideal time to enjoy a Presbyterian cocktail?

The Presbyterian is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed at any time. It is often served at parties or enjoyed as a refreshing after-dinner drink.

Can I use lime instead of lemon for Presbyterian cocktail?

Yes, you can use lime instead of lemon. However, keep in mind that this change will alter the taste of the cocktail a bit.

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