Presbyterian Cocktail Drink

Presbyterian

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want to shake things up with a new cocktail? Give this Presbyterian cocktail recipe a go! It’s a flavorful drink, straightforward to create, and brimming with lively ingredients.

Presbyterian Cocktail Recipe

Fall calls for our simple Presbyterian cocktail recipe! The blend of Scotch whisky, ginger ale, and club soda creates an uplifting drink.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

161 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Scotch whisky
  • 2-3 oz ginger ale
  • 2-3 oz club soda
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill the glass.
  • Pour 2 oz Scotch whisky over the ice.
  • Top up the glass halfway with approx. 2-3 oz ginger ale.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 2-3 oz club soda.
  • Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist (express the lemon zest on top of the drink and then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Scotch: You can use Bourbon or Irish Whiskey for a different flavor profile if you don't have Scotch whisky. I've also used brandy as a substitute, which gives the cocktail a sweeter, fruitier taste.
  • Ginger Ale: You can replace ginger ale with ginger beer for a spicier kick.
  • Club Soda: Any carbonated water will work in place of club soda.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Scotch Substitute:  Use a non-alcoholic whisky substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Scotch. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own whisky substitute by making a strong brewed black or smoked tea: use 10g of tea for 1L (34 oz) of cold water. Stir well and let it infuse overnight in the fridge. Give it a taste, add some spices to taste (if necessary), and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whisky” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Scotch, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most Scotch, ginger ales, and club sodas are vegan. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check the label or contact the manufacturer if you need clarification.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a vegan Presbyterian cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
161
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Presbyterian Cocktail Drink

Presbyterian Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Fall calls for our simple Presbyterian cocktail recipe! The blend of Scotch whisky, ginger ale, and club soda creates an uplifting drink.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 161

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Scotch whisky
  • 2-3 oz ginger ale
  • 2-3 oz club soda
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill the glass.
  • Pour 2 oz Scotch whisky over the ice.
  • Top up the glass halfway with approx. 2-3 oz ginger ale.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 2-3 oz club soda.
  • Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist (express the lemon zest on top of the drink and then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Scotch: You can use Bourbon or Irish Whiskey for a different flavor profile if you don't have Scotch whisky. I've also used brandy as a substitute, which gives the cocktail a sweeter, fruitier taste.
  • Ginger Ale: You can replace ginger ale with ginger beer for a spicier kick.
  • Club Soda: Any carbonated water will work in place of club soda.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Scotch Substitute:  Use a non-alcoholic whisky substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Scotch. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own whisky substitute by making a strong brewed black or smoked tea: use 10g of tea for 1L (34 oz) of cold water. Stir well and let it infuse overnight in the fridge. Give it a taste, add some spices to taste (if necessary), and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whisky” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Scotch, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most Scotch, ginger ales, and club sodas are vegan. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check the label or contact the manufacturer if you need clarification.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a vegan Presbyterian cocktail.

What is a Presbyterian cocktail?

A Presbyterian cocktail is a whisky-based mixed drink made of rye or Scotch, ginger ale, and club soda. It’s easy to make; even beginners can easily prepare it at home as it only requires mixing the ingredients in the right proportions.

A side shot of a Presbyterian cocktail in a highball glass on a yellow tray placed on a white surface surrounded by a jigger, a strainer, and a bar spoon

What is a Presbyterian cocktail made of – The ingredients

These ingredients are essential for the preparation of a Presbyterian cocktail:

  • Scotch: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a rich, sweet, and slightly smoky flavor.
  • Ginger Ale: Adds a spicy and sweet element to the drink, complementing the Scotch and adding effervescence.
  • Club Soda: It is used to dilute the cocktail, making it less intense while adding a slight fizziness.
  • Lemon Twist: Garnishes the drink, adding a hint of citrus aroma and flavor that brightens the overall taste.

Scotch Whisky, ginger ale, and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Presbyterian cocktail?

Our guide provides an easy way for you to learn how to prepare a Presbyterian cocktail:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled throughout the process.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled throughout the process.

2
<p>Pour two ounces of whisky into the glass. You can use any Scotch whisky you prefer, but a good quality Scotch will give your Presbyterian cocktail a rich, robust flavor.</p>

Pour two ounces of whisky into the glass. You can use any Scotch whisky you prefer, but a good quality Scotch will give your Presbyterian cocktail a rich, robust flavor.

3
<p>Fill the glass halfway with ginger ale (approx. 2 ounces, adjust to taste and to the size of the glass). The ginger ale adds a sweet, spicy kick to the cocktail, perfectly complementing the whisky and club soda.</p>

Fill the glass halfway with ginger ale (approx. 2 ounces, adjust to taste and to the size of the glass). The ginger ale adds a sweet, spicy kick to the cocktail, perfectly complementing the whisky and club soda.

4
<p>Follow this up by filling up the glass to the top with ginger ale (approx. 2 ounces, adjust to taste and to the size of the glass) into the glass. This will give your cocktail a refreshing fizziness that balances out the strong flavor of the whisky.</p>

Follow this up by filling up the glass to the top with ginger ale (approx. 2 ounces, adjust to taste and to the size of the glass) into the glass. This will give your cocktail a refreshing fizziness that balances out the strong flavor of the whisky.

5
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon. This will combine the Scotch, club soda, and ginger ale without disrupting the fizziness of the drink.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon. This will combine the Scotch, club soda, and ginger ale without disrupting the fizziness of the drink.

6
<p>Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist: to do so, express the lemon zest on top of the drink.</p>

Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist: to do so, express the lemon zest on top of the drink.

7
<p>Then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside. This not only adds a pop of color to your drink but also a tangy flavor that rounds out the taste of the cocktail.</p>

Then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside. This not only adds a pop of color to your drink but also a tangy flavor that rounds out the taste of the cocktail.

A Presbyterian cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Scotch Whisky, ginger ale and soda water

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FAQ

How many calories does a Presbyterian cocktail contain?
A standard Presbyterian cocktail contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, the exact number can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol and mixers used.
How strong is a Presbyterian cocktail?
The strength of a Presbyterian cocktail typically ranges from 10% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 20 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail but more potent than other classic drinks.
What type of alcohol is used in a Presbyterian cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in a Presbyterian cocktail is whisky. While you can use any type of whisky, Scotch is the most commonly chosen for its distinct flavors.
In what kind of glass is a Presbyterian cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Presbyterian cocktail is served in a highball glass. This type of glass allows for easy mixing of the ingredients while providing ample room for ice.
What does a Presbyterian cocktail taste like?
A Presbyterian cocktail offers a balanced blend of flavors. The complexity and slight smokiness of the whisky combines with the spiciness of the ginger ale to create a refreshing and complex taste profile.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Presbyterian cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Presbyterian cocktail is equal parts Scotch whisky, ginger ale and soda water. This ratio can of course be adjusted to fit your personal preferences.
How is a Presbyterian cocktail served with ice?
A Presbyterian cocktail is usually served over ice, meaning the drink is poured over ice cubes in the glass. This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the intense flavors.

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