Horse’s Neck

To make 1 tall drink.

1 lemon
2 to 3 ice cubes
8 to 10 ounces cold ginger ale

A straw

A Tom Collins glass.*

With a small, sharp knife, peel a lemon in one continuous spiral so that it resembles a corkscrew.  Place the peel in a Tom Collins glass, leaving just enough peel hanging over the edge of the glass so that it stays upright.  Place 2 to 3 ice cubes in the glass, fill with ginger ale, and serve with a straw.

The original English or Irish Horse’s Neck was a whiskey drink, and one variation still popular there is made as above with the addition of 3 ounces of brandy and the substitution of 5 to 7 ounces Irish ginger ale for the ginger ale.  During Prohibition, the American version of the Horse’s Neck lost its alcoholic content (sometimes).

*An “official” Tom Collins glass is similar to a Highball glass in shape but slightly larger, i.e. taller, holding, 10 to 14 ounces liquid, as opposed to a Highball glass which typically holds 8 to 12 ounces. 

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