Presbyterian Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

It's time to take you to church. But this is not your grandfather's sermon. Enter the Presbyterian cocktail.

It’s time to take you to church. But this is not your grandfather’s sermon. Enter the Presbyterian cocktail.

This holy drink has come to the congregation to quench our thirst and deliver our taste buds from the sin of boredom.

What is a Presbyterian?

The Presbyterian is a sweet and bright cocktail made with rye whiskey, club soda, and ginger ale.

Presbyterian cocktail in highball glass with ice and lemons
Presbyterian cocktail in highball glass with ice and lemons
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History of the Presbyterian Cocktail

There is no satisfactory explanation for the name, but it seems to have been attached to the drink for more than a hundred years. My pal David Wondrich discovered that it works with scotch whiskey as well. David also notes that Presbyterianism is part of the reform movement that was particularly associated with Scotland, and so he experiments with scotch as the base.

I am not an Avid highball drinker so I haven’t gotten around to tasting Davids’s variation, but I shall when my tolerance for strong spirits starts to wane. 

What Glass is aPresbyterian Served In?

The Presbyterian is typically served in a highball tumbler glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

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How to Make a Presbyterian

Below are the ingredients and directions for aPresbyterian. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

Presbyterian Cocktail

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  • 2 ounces Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey

  • 2 ounces Club soda

  • 2 ounces Fever tree ginger ale

  • Lemon zest coin for garnish


  • Build all ingredients (except the garnish) in a highball glass filled with ice and stir.
  • Garnish with lemon zest coin.

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So what do you think of the Presbyterian cocktail? Love it? Hate it? What would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below. 

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