Horsefeather whiskey cocktail

If you’re looking for a way to introduce whiskey to the women in your life, look no further than the Horsefeather. This classic cocktail (sometimes called Horse Feathers) is the perfect blend of sugar, spice, and bite.

Made with one part whiskey and two parts ginger beer, plus a little bitters, the Horsefeather is an excellent gateway drink for anyone who thinks whiskey is best left to cowboys and criminals. Plus, you can drink it all year long: It’s refreshing enough for summer, yet spicy enough to be festive. And since real ginger beer contains lots of stomach-soothing ginger, you can get away with having one after a rough night.

The Horsefeather is mostly made with ingredients found in any whiskey lover’s home bar: whiskey and bitters, plus real ginger beer. (Certain bartenders might try to tell you ginger ale is an okay substitute, but they’re only saying that to cover up their inadequate mixer selection.)

The Horsefeather

2 ounces Rye Whiskey or Bourbon
4 ounces Ginger Beer
2 dashes Cocktail Bitters
Optional: Lime Wedge for Garnish

Glassware: Rocks or highball glass

Method: Fill glass with ice, pour all ingredients over the ice, give it a quick stir with a bar spoon or straw, and garnish with a lime if desired. Enjoy!

Emily Farris edits the food blog FeedMeKC.