Horsefeather (cocktail)

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Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationFill a highball glass 3/4 with ice. Pour in ingredients and stir.

A Horsefeather is a whiskey cocktail. It was invented in Lawrence, Kansas in the 1990s.[1] It remains a regional drink in the Kansas City region.[2] The drink is an iteration of the classic cocktail Horse's Neck and is similar to a Moscow Mule.[3]

A horsefeather is traditionally rye whiskey[4] or blended whiskey, ginger beer, three dashes of Angostura bitters, and a little lemon juice.[5] A highball glass is filled 3/4 with ice.[6] The ingredients are then poured into the glass and stirred.[7] There are many variations such as substituting ginger beer with ginger ale,[8][9] adding cherries,[10] muddling the lemon,[11] replacing the lemon with lime,[12] or creating a frozen version.[13]

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  1. ^ Simonson, Robert (November 27, 2017). "Cocktails Only a Local Could Love". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Frechette, Chloe (March 31, 2017). "Three-Drink Minimum: Bartending with Ryan Maybee". PUNCH. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Horsefeather". J. Rieger & Co. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Shepherd, Sara (November 25, 2012). "Lawrence Libations: Horsefeather at The Bourgeois Pig". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Q/A with Ryan Maybee of Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival". Imbibe. August 11, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Rathbun, A. J. (2009). Dark spirits : 200 classy concoctions starring bourbon, brandy, Scotch, whiskey, rum, and more. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Common Press. ISBN 9781558324275. OCLC 298670932.
  7. ^ "Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey Horsefeather". KC Magazine. May 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Thomsen, Brian (2005). Ireland's most wanted : the top 10 book of Celtic pride, fantastic folklore, and oddities of the Emerald Isle (1st ed.). Washington, DC: Potomac Books. p. 48. ISBN 1574887270. OCLC 755592550.
  9. ^ Spacek, Nick (April 6, 2010). "Shawn Carney of Stull on the Horse Feather". Kansas City Pitch. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "9 drink wonders of Lawrence". Lawrence Journal-World. November 19, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Rust, Suzy (August 31, 2012). "BOOZE DOODLES: Printer and Painter Danielle Spradley's Horsefeathers Doodle". Feast Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Horsefeather Cocktail". CTM Magazine. March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Nevins, Jerry (2017). Sloshies : 102 boozy cocktails straight from the freezer. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 63. ISBN 9780761189466. OCLC 988900679.