March 28, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
2 oz. Bourbon
Dashes Angostura bitters
Spiral lemon peel
Pour bourbon over ice cubes in a collins glass. Add bitters, and fill with ginger ale. Drop lemon peel on top.
This fulfilled two of my goals in choosing a drink to sample: (1) it’s a “serious” drink with a good dose of hard liquor and (2) it has a cool name. The name comes from the way the long strip of lemon peel (longer than the one shown here) hangs over the side of the glass… like a horse’s neck. I didn’t know the provenance of the drink before I ordered it so I couldn’t coach Ryan on construction. Check out Wikipedia’s entry for Horse’s Neck for some really interesting tidbits.
I am a huge fan of Bourbon, specifically Maker’s Mark, and when I’m not experimenting with cocktails, I almost always order a Manhattan. I also love ginger in just about any form, with ginger ale being a favorite among those forms. The moment I saw the entry for this in the book, I knew I was going to like it, but I had no idea the Horse’s Neck was going to be a game changer for me. The first thing to hit me when I went to take a sip of this cocktail was the lemon; not surprising with it being right under my nose. Next was the familiar warm kick of the Bourbon and then the spicy bite of ginger. This combination hits all the right buttons for me; more buttons than my usual Manhattan hits, so there’s that. And… Ryan chose a Bourbon made by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. After a few sips of my cocktail, I asked to have a little taste of the Bourbon on it’s own. It was less spicy than Maker’s, but I think that let the rounder, smoother notes of caramel and maple come through. Much to my surprise (my daughter, who was with us, thought the end times must be near), I like this Bourbon better than Maker’s. I guess it goes on the shopping list!
À salute! (Corsican)