ASK BACCHUS: Can You Make Me a Presbyterian?

The most frequently asked questions bartenders get: "What's your cheapest, strongest drink?" OR "You're a pretty good Bartender, what's your real job?" BUT

Bartenders get joke requests from patrons all the time. Sometimes, it seems like a joke, but it's a real thing! Like the recent request, "Can you make me a Presbyterian?"

What would you say? :-)  "I'll be happy to baptise you!!!"

Well, the Presbyterian is a drink! It's also known as a Bourbon Pres. All drinks called 'pres'  (not 'press') are actually 'presbyterians.' It's one of those classic cocktails that is subject to a bit of interpretation because, despite its simple list of three ingredients, there are many variations. We'll make one for you using ginger beer:

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon, rye, or blended whiskey
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lemon twist for garnish

    Fill the highball glass with ice. Add bourbon, add ginger beer to top it off. Stir and garnish with a lemon twist. Drink!

Why is it called a Presbyterian? We're not sure exactly how a church best known for its dour, Calvinist-Puritan rigor got its name attached to so pleasant a drink. It is, of course, the national church of Scotland. That explains the whisky. Research reveals it may have been a secretive term used during Prohibition in the US. Some might disagree.

Order a Presbyterian today or enjoy a $2 draft beer. It's Tap Tuesday!