Behold: The Presbyterian.
Don’t worry, I’m obviously not talking about the branch of Christianity- I’m not sure what I’d say even if I was, being Jewish and whatnot. I AM talking about the drink, a topic of which I am more than familiar, and not just because of my Irish heritage. [Wait, what? Yep, I’m both, it’s a thing, don’t worry about it]
In case you’ve never heard of it, which is likely since it’s known mostly in the Midwest, it’s an oldie but a goodie. Apparently another name for it is a bourbon press, though I had never heard of the term until looking up the drink’s origin for this post/history lesson. Either way, it is one of those elegantly simple drinks, requiring only a few basic ingredients that can be mixed directly in the glass, resulting in a drink that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s easily my favorite cocktail (again, the irony is not lost), though given its simplicity I feel weird ordering it at a bar like I do dishes I can make at home, like ordering a basic pasta pomodoro at a restaurant.
Anyway, since it’s over a century old, the original recipe/ingredients are debatable, but basically it’s rye/bourbon/any decent whiskey* mixed with equal parts ginger ale and club soda, topped with a few dashes of angostura bitters. Which is all included in the video- I’ve started doing them for my Nom channel, hopefully on a more regular basis once I get the hang of it/Adobe Premiere stops hating me.
*real talk: I’ve had it with less than great whiskey too (we’ve all been there) and it’s still great
2 ounces bourbon, rye, or blended whiskey
Lime, for garnish
- Fill a tumbler or highball glass with ice
- Add whiskey, then equal parts club soda and ginger ale**
- Splash top with bitters and stir to combine.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
**You can add a bit more ginger ale than club soda if you prefer your drink sweet, or vice versa