Far-Flung Rye Cocktail

Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye Cocktail: American Quarter Horse

To go along with Lost Lantern’s Spring 2024 Collection, the Midwest Collection, our California state manager, Drew Record, has prepared a series of cocktails. There are seven unique releases in the Midwest Collection and Drew has created a cocktail to showcase each one of the releases. First up in the series is American Quarter Horse – A Far-Flung Rye Cocktail. It’s designed specifically for the flagship release in the series, Far-Flung Rye, which is a blend of straight rye whiskies from across the Midwest that come together to showcase the powerful depth of flavor the region has to offer.

Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye Cocktail: American Quarter Horse 

American Quarter Horse Cocktail: The Story

American Vatted Malt cocktail
Our California state manager Drew Record

The Horsefeather is THE cocktail of Kansas City, although the drink may have originated from the Kansas side and not the Missouri side as is often claimed. The drink is probably so named because it was a play on the much older Horse’s Neck, itself a take on the even older Remsen Cooler. Whatever story you believe, this much is clear: whiskey, ginger and lemon play very nicely together. Our Horsefeather combines Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye, spicy ginger beer, Angostura bitters and a healthy sized wedge of lemon. 

The Horse’s Neck got its name from the long ribbon of lemon peel that encircled the ice inside the tall glass the drink was built in. That beautiful strip of yellow was a great contrast to the rather dull brown & tan whiskey and ginger beer of the day mixing in between. As cloudier sodas of the 19th century gave way to cleaner looking pops in the 90’s the long yellow stripe was abandoned in favor of the far less fussy and more utilitarian lemon wedge. So, the Horsefeather was born. 

This family of ginger soda-based cocktails were usually called Bucks and called for a spirit and ginger ale or beer. You may know this category as Mules now, but that name comes from its most famous member: the Moscow Mule. This vodka, ginger beer and lime concoction was invented during the 1940’s in either New York or LA, depending on who is telling you the story, to help clear out a surplus inventory of copper mugs, Smirnoff vodka and Cock’n’bull Ginger Beer.

The buck itself got its name because the Horse’s Neck was a temperance drink originally. And when you added a kick of whiskey to this Sunday sipper, it would tend to buck. Different whiskey ginger drinks abound based on which whiskey you used, The Presbyterian, for example, typically called for blended Scotch and the name might be a nod to the church’s roots in Scotland. 

If you follow the evolution of the Horse’s Neck from a simple 1800’s temperance drink of ginger ale, and bitters, to the Horse’s Neck with a Kick which snuck in whiskey in the 1900’s, to the Horsefeather of the 1990’s, to the Kentucky Buck created by Erick Castro at Bourbon & Branch in 2009, which goes further afield with strawberries and lemon juice, you can trace the very movement of cocktail creation over the last couple of centuries. 

For our flagship blend series we tend to focus on cocktails that are simpler in structure to allow these multifaceted whiskies to shine through. The signature cocktail for Far-Flung Rye is no exception. While it is delicious in complicated Manhattan riffs and even in ice cream laden boozy milkshakes, it truly sings when allowed to contrast against a simple foil like ginger beer.

The spiciness of ginger and Angostura bitters is a natural complement to the baking spice sophistication of this Rye. While the subtle sweetness of the soda and refreshing quality of the bubbles lifts this drink and allows you to access different flavors of the whiskey as the ice melts and the drink evolves throughout its inevitably short time in your glass.

This is a drink meant to be enjoyed as the Spring days begin to thaw the cold winter ground and we crave the warm embrace of the sun hanging high in the sky again. 

The American Quarter Horse: A Far-Flung Rye Cocktail


1.5 oz Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye 

4-5 oz Ginger Beer 

3 dashes Angostura Bitters


In a Collins glass spiral a long peel of lemon against the inside of the glass and fill with ice to hold the peel in place. Build ingredients in glass, stir gently and enjoy!  



Learn more about what went into making Lost Lantern’s Far-Flung Rye, a blend of straight ryes from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. Ranging from four to nine years old, from five of the finest distilleries in the Midwest. 

This is a counterpart to Far-Flung Bourbon, and our first blend of straight rye whiskey.