Presbyterian Cocktail

The Presbyterian Cocktail // Feast + West

Oh, Bourbon Month, do you have to end? Sigh. It’s time, I suppose…

For the last bourbon cocktail this month, I’m ending with my new favorite. The Presbyterian cocktail is so simple, you might even question whether four ingredients constitutes a cocktail at all. I can assure you — it does. This is an easy to make, traditional cocktail that any fellow ginger lovers out there will adore.

The Presbyterian Cocktail // Feast + West

And before you ask, no, I don’t know why it’s called a Presbyterian. It’s a mystery in the bartending world, but the guys at Esquire say we can safely assume there is correlation between Scotch whiskey and the Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian. I prefer bourbon in mine, of course.

To make it, you’ll need bourbon, club soda, ginger ale and Angostura bitters. I think it’s quite nice to garnish your drink with a bit of candied ginger to munch on as you sip, for a bit of extra spice.

Next week, I’ll be announcing the liquor I’ll be focusing on in February, so stay tuned! Until then, check out the recipes and tips I shared for using up any bourbon on your bar cart. // susannah 

How to Drink Bourbon // How to Cook with Bourbon // Clementine Hot Toddy
The Manhattan Cocktail // Aero Whiskey Sour // The Southern Islander Shrub

Click below to see the recipe for the Presbyterian cocktail!

The Presbyterian Cocktail // Feast + West
The Presbyterian Cocktail // Feast + West

The Presbyterian Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A spicy bourbon classic cocktail that you'll come back to again and again
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  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 pieces candied ginger for garnish


  • Fill a highball to top with ice. Pour in bourbon, then the club soda, ginger ale and bitters. Stir gently. Garnish with candied ginger and serve immediately.

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Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 1cocktail Calories: 170kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Sodium: 6mg Sugar: 10g
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  1. Beth @ bethcakes says

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this before, but it sounds fantastic! Love that candied ginger you added on top. 🙂

  2. Laura says

    Well I must give this a try seeing as I am scotch/irish and a Presbyterian lol! This looks amazing! Thanks for the new recipe!

  3. Jennifer Stewart says

    My hubs drinks bourbon so I got him the cliche “Bourbon of the month club” for his birthday this month. I want to enjoy some with him but still can’t handle it straight. I think this cocktail will help me be in the “cool boys” club! Thanks!

  4. Eliza says

    I love all things ginger, and this looks amazing! And what a quirky, old name – wonderfully politically incorrect lol!

    Thanks for contributing to The Sunday Brunch Magazine.

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel

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