This classic Horsefeather Cocktail is easy to make with just 4 ingredients — your choice of whiskey, ginger beer, bitters and a squeeze of lime. Basically, a refreshing whisky spin on a Moscow mule.
A few weeks ago when I posted a story about making horsefeather cocktails on Instagram, my inbox lit up with messages asking the same question — “What on earth is a horsefeather?!”
I always forget that this cocktail, which is ubiquitous around Kansas City and supposedly originated in Lawrence, Kansas, is lesser-known around the rest of the world. But it’s one of my faves! And, fun fact, it’s also the first cocktail that Barclay ever made me when we very first started dating. ♡
A horsefeather cocktail is basically a whiskey spin on a Moscow mule, made with your choice of whiskey (we typically use bourbon), ginger beer (the spicier, the better), a squeeze of lime (or lemon), and (unlike a mule) a few generous shakes of bitters. It is delicious. And since usually keep all four of those ingredients on hand in our kitchen, it is also the perfect impromptu cocktail for a happy hour or a dinner party. So let’s make a round!
Begin by gathering your ingredients:
whiskey (any kind works, but we typically use bourbon or KC whiskey)
ginger beer (the spicier the better, in my opinion)
citrus (lemon or lime slices)
Add a bunch of ice to a highball glass, or really, any kind of glass. (Barclay used to drink from a collection of recycled spaghetti sauce jars as a bachelor, so we always serve ours in mason jars for old times’ sake.) ;) Then pour in all of the ingredients, stir to combine…
…and in just a minute or two, this refreshing cocktail will be ready to serve.
This classic Horsefeather Cocktail is easy to make with just 4 ingredients — your choice of whiskey (bourbon is standard), ginger beer (the spicier, the better), bitters, and a good squeeze of citrus. Feel free to add more/less ginger beer to taste.
2 ounces whiskey
4 ounces ginger beer
4 dashes Angostura bitters
lemon or lime wedge
Fill a highball glass (or mason jar) with ice. Add whiskey, ginger beer, bitters, and a squeeze of lime or lemon, and stir to combine.
Serve immediately, garnished with extra lemon or lime.