Horse's Neck

Horse's Neck

Horse's Neck

This simple highball mixes cognac with ginger beer and a spiral peel of a whole lemon.Ingalls Photography

Though ginger has been consumed for millennia, ginger beer dates to 1700s England, when the root was fermented to make a mildly alcoholic drink. Most beers are nonalcoholic now, but they're zippier than ale; we prefer them for mixing in cocktails like this cognac-based drink. The wide spiral peel of a whole lemon adds dramatic appeal and tangy balance. This recipe first appeared in SAVEUR DRINK Issue #1 with the story "Nice Spice."