Horse's neck

Horse’s neck is a cocktail made with brandy and ginger ale, garnished with a lemon twist. It’s a classic drink that’s both flavorful and refreshing.

Horse’s neck recipe

  • 4 cL (1 part) Brandy
  • 12 cL (3 parts) Ginger ale
  • Dash of Angostura bitter (optional)

Pour brandy and ginger ale directly into highball glass with ice cubes. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon zest. If desired, add dashes of Angostura Bitter.

Directions for how to make the Horse’s neck

  1. Prepare a highball glass and fill it with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 4 cL (1 part) of Brandy into the glass.
  3. Add 12 cL (3 parts) of Ginger Ale to the glass.
  4. Gently stir the mixture.
  5. If desired, add a dash of Angostura Bitter to the drink.
  6. Garnish the drink with lemon zest.
  7. Serve the Horse’s Neck drink and enjoy!

Tips for how to make the perfect Horse’s neck

  • Use a quality bourbon or rye whiskey for the base of your drink.
  • Make sure to use a long, spiraled strip of lemon peel for the horse’s neck garnish.
  • Add a few dashes of aromatic bitters to balance out the sweetness of the ginger ale.
  • Serve over ice in a highball glass for the perfect refreshing sip.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Horse’s neck

Horse’s neck is a cocktail typically made with brandy and ginger ale, often garnished with a long, thin twist of lemon peel. An alcohol-free alternative to this drink could be a mocktail called the “Stablemate,” which includes ginger beer, fresh lemon juice, and honey syrup.

To make a Stablemate, combine 6 oz of ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 oz of fresh lemon juice and 1 oz of honey syrup (which can be made by combining equal parts honey and hot water, and letting it cool). Shake until well mixed and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or a slice of fresh ginger.

This refreshing and flavorful mocktail has the same bright citrus and spicy ginger flavors as a Horse’s neck, but without the alcohol. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a non-alcoholic option that still has lots of character and taste.

Horse’s neck fun facts

  1. Horse’s neck is a non-alcoholic drink made with ginger ale and a spiral of lemon peel.
  2. The drink is named after the shape of the lemon peel that resembles the neck of a horse.
  3. Horse’s neck was a popular drink in the United States during the 19th century and is still served in some bars today.
  4. In Japan, Horse’s neck is made with brandy or whiskey instead of ginger ale.
  5. Some variations of Horse’s neck include adding a splash of bitters or substituting the lemon peel with lime or orange.