Food & Drink

Entertaining Cocktail Recipes: Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey Horsefeather

Award-winning bartender and spirits proprietor Ryan Maybee perfected the now-modern classic using his Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey.

Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey Horsefeather

Fill highball glass with ice and add:

  • 1.5 ounces Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey
  • 4 ounces Cock & Bull Ginger Beer
  • 4 – 5 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Squeeze of lemon

Drinking History

You could trace this cocktail’s lineage back to the “Horse’s Neck,” first published in the cocktail book “Drinks” by Jacques Straub of the Blackstone Hotel in 1914. Back then, the drink was non-alcoholic—just a glass of ginger beer with a lemon rind garnish. But from that point forward we have seen many iterations of the drink—the most famous being the Moscow Mule using vodka, ginger beer and lime served in a copper mug.

The Horsefeather first appeared in Lawrence, Kansas in the 1990s, and utilizes either rye or blended whiskey, with ginger beer, Angostura bitters, and a squeeze of lemon. We’ve perfected the now-modern classic using our Kansas City Whiskey.


Maybee recently showed Michelle Davidson how to create this tasty cocktail while informing her of the history of the Horsefeather and J. Rieger Kansas City Whiskey on the June 1st broadcast on Kansas City Live. He even brought along the June issue of KC Magazine featuring a handsome black-and-white photo of KC Royal Eric Hosmer, which includes his story of revitalizing J. Rieger & Co.

Click the pic for the link to the video.

Get the perfect grilled dish to go with this cocktail here.