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Whiskey & Ginger Cocktail and Other Holiday Libations

holiday cocktail recipes

We love festive holiday cocktail recipes, including this super easy recipe for a whiskey and ginger. But, who says cozy cocktail parties are reserved for the holiday season? I think we should have even more of them in months like January and February to help keep our spirits up through the long, dark Winter. Let’s make it a point to continue celebrating well past New Years. Keep the recipes simple, have fun with the playlist and try to forget that it’s freezing outside.

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whiskey and ginger cocktail recipe

The Older, More Sophisticated Whiskey & Ginger Cocktail Recipe

(makes two)

  • 4 oz. whiskey, rye or bourbon of your choice
  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • Approx. 8-10 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 twists of lemon


In a shaker or tall glass, pour whiskey and ginger beer over several ice cubes. Toss in half of your lemon twists and add the dashes of bitters. Stir, do not shake, until combined. Strain into two glasses and garnish with one more ice cube and another twist of lemon.

Also known as A Horse’s Neck, this cocktail was first served around the time of the Civil War, but it’s high time it makes a comeback. Spicy and refreshing this is a great year round sipper. 

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festive holiday cocktail recipes

A version of this article and recipe originally appeared in our Winter 2016 issue.

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