Horse's Neck Recipe: It's All About the Lemon Peel

Horse's Neck Cocktail
The Horse's Neck is a quick and easy whiskey drink and it's all about that long lemon twist. Photo: S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

The key to a Horse's Neck is the lemon peel which hangs off the rim of the glass. It resembles the neck of a horse hanging into the drink.

Sometimes, brandy is used instead of bourbon or it can be served as a mocktail. For that simply skip the liquor and you'll have a fancy ginger ale.

No matter how you take your Horse's Neck, the trick is to get the longest spiral of lemon that you can. Anyone who has tried to create beautiful lemon garnishes knows that this is not always the easiest thing. Give it some time and keep practicing. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Drape the spiral of a lemon peel over the rim of a collins glass.
  2. Secure one end of the peel over the lip of the glass.
  3. Add ice cubes to the glass.
  4. Pour in the bourbon and ginger ale.
  5. Add a dash of bitters, if desired.
  6. Stir well.

How Strong is the Horse's Neck?

Every Horse's Neck is going to be a little different. You may choose a high-proof whiskey or use less soda and both of those changes will make the drink a little stronger.

If we pour this drink according to the recipe with an 80-proof bourbon, it's a relatively mild cocktail (perfect for happy hour). This Horse's Neck would have an alcohol content of right around 9% ABV (18 proof).