Horse's NeckWhether you need another cocktail to add to your annual Kentucky Derby party or vintage drink get together, the Horse's neck is well versed for the occasion. A combination of brandy or bourbon, ginger ale, angostura bitters and a long lemon spiral as garnish provides a classic cocktail recognized by generations. Whether served traditional or virgin, it is a great addition to add to your end of the day cocktail list.
The origin of the Horse's neck can be debated heavily by mixology purists. Some classes believe the drink originated as a non alcoholic version in the late 19th century. By 1910, the drink emerged as the version found today and is recognized by the International Bartender's Association. Traditionally the drink is made with brandy, but once discovered by the south, bourbon was substituted for brandy. In fact, many variations can be found over the years and usually the alcohol of choice was substituted while the rest of the ingredients remained the same.
The grace of this drink, and perhaps the origin of its name, is found in the long lemon garnish. Ideally, the lemon zest should be sliced is one continuous peel. Placed correctly the garnish will look like a horse sticking its neck out of your drink glass. Talented bartenders often feather the zest so the horse's neck has a true mane. Hence, the name Horse's Neck appeared.
The Horse's Neck has waned and waxed in popularity over the years. There is no disputing its popularity during the 1900s. In fact, this popular drink was ordered in the 1935 film Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as well as the 1957 film Yangtse Incedent which was set in 1949. It also became popular in sections of the Royal Navy during the 1960s replacing gin based drinks always popular with the officers.
In recent years, trends reviving vintage cocktails have brought the Horse's Neck back to popularity. Whether you combine the ingredients with your favorite bourbon or keep the drink virgin, enjoy this refreshing beverage with an unusual name.