Four Horsemen
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Four Horsemen
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The Four Horsemen cocktail is a bold and potent mix that combines three different types of whiskey with tequila, delivering a robust flavor experience. Named after the apocalyptic riders representing ... more The Four Horsemen cocktail is a bold and potent mix that combines three different types of whiskey with tequila, delivering a robust flavor experience. Named after the apocalyptic riders representing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, this cocktail is not for the faint-hearted. Often served in a shot glass, its character is defined by the strong personalities of its component spirits, which present a complex blend of the smooth, smoky, and sometimes sweet undertones of whiskey alongside the distinct earthy notes of tequila. The Four Horsemen is a popular choice for those seeking a spirited and powerful drink.
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40% | 2.4 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Four Horsemen is not for the faint-hearted, offering a brash symphony of three whiskies and a kick of tequila that combine to create a potent and slightly smoky adventure. Its robust and challenging profile makes it a favorite for those who appreciate the unadulterated strength of spirits in their purest form.

Method
How to make a Four Horsemen

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir all ingredients together in a double shot glass and serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What types of whiskey are typically used in the Four Horsemen cocktail?

The Four Horsemen cocktail typically uses a blend of different types of whiskey to create its unique flavor profile. Common choices include Jim Beam (Bourbon), Jack Daniel's (Tennessee whiskey), Johnnie Walker (Scotch whisky), and Jameson (Irish whiskey). Each whiskey brings its own characteristics to the drink.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Four Horsemen cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Four Horsemen cocktail is stirred and not shaken to maintain the clarity and integrity of the spirits. Stirring gently combines the liquors without diluting the mixture too much with ice, as shaking would. This method helps to preserve the strong, distinct flavors of the whiskeys and tequila.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Four Horsemen compare to other common cocktails?

The Four Horsemen cocktail has a high alcohol content, typically around 40%. This is considerably higher than many other cocktails, which often range from 15% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV). Its strong potency is due to the use of straight spirits without any mixers to dilute the alcohol level.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is the Four Horsemen cocktail typically served with any garnish?

No, the Four Horsemen cocktail is typically not served with a garnish. Its presentation is straightforward, focusing on the potent blend of spirits rather than adornment. The simplicity highlights the strong flavors and high alcohol content.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What type of occasions is the Four Horsemen cocktail best suited for?

The Four Horsemen cocktail, given its high alcohol content and potent flavor, is best suited for occasions where strong drinks are appreciated, perhaps as a bold choice to start or end an evening. It is popular in celebratory settings or among whiskey enthusiasts who appreciate its powerful combination of spirits.

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