Grab a Lemon Peel To Make This Iconic Horse’s Neck Cocktail

Visually pleasing and refreshing.

The Horse’s Neck cocktail—which gets its name from the long, spiral lemon peel twisted around the inside of the glass—was an Atlantic City favorite before Prohibition hit. Though this cooler found some love as a mocktail after the Volstead Act was passed, it was restored to its full, boozy glory in the years following repeal. Gather your finest lemon peels and dive in on making this classic drink.

Horse’s Neck



  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • ginger ale
  • Long lemon twist, for garnish


Step one

Using a channel knife, peel a lemon in a long, twisting spiral. Twist the peel around your finger or a bar spoon to make it curly.

Step two

Drop the peel into a highball glass. Drape one end of the peel over the lip of the glass so it stays in place. Fill the glass with ice.

Step three

Add bourbon and bitters, and top with ginger beer. Stir to mix and serve.

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