Horse Necking

Horse Necking is a simple drink that has a big wow factor that will make your guests think you’re a better bartender than you really are.

If you haven’t heard of a horse neck then let me introduce you to my favorite drink. As dumb as this sounds this really was my gateway drink to really liking and understanding whiskey. Clueless me I thought a horse neck was a complicated drink that could only be ordered, but boy was I wrong it’s so simple and easy that it should not be this easy to make for my liver’s sake, but it sure is an easy way to get you in a mood for some New Year’s Eve necking.

I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative person when it comes to cocktails, anything other than a vodka soda is fancy. SoI asked my friend Luke Barrey who is currently working as a bartender at Gander and Ryegrass, to show me a couple of simple but delicious drinks that will make the last day in 2020 special. Let’s drink away from 2020 and cheer in 2021.

Luke’s Bartender’s Tips

  • Shake if there’s juice, and stir if there is not. 
  • Always double stain your drinks, to ensure that there is as little sediment in your drink as possible. 
  • Ice is a crucial ingredient, bad-tasting ice will melt into your drink and that flavor will linger. 
  • The size of the ice is also important, too small it will dilute your drink too fast. Best to shake or stir with small ice serve with bigger ice cubes or “gentlemen’s ice”.
  • When garnishing with citrus zest try to zest over the glass so that any oils from the rind will add flavor to your drink, or at least twist the zest over the glass. Also, give the rim of the glass with the zest before dropping it into the drink.  

Find this recipe in Spokane CDA Living Magazine

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Horse Necking

Horse Necking

A simple drink that has a big wow factor that will make your guests think you're a better bartender than you really are.


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 5 shakes of Bitters
  • 6 oz Ginger Ale (to top)
  • 1 Lemon


  1. Using a paring knife, cut a few inches of lemon peel and twist over a Highball glass to capture the essential oils
  2. in your Highball glass, add ice, Bourbon, Bitters, and top of with Ginger Ale.


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