This drinkis widely believed to contain whiskey, cluba soda, and ginger ale, this is not true. We have accurately determine why these ingredients exist in the modern version of this drink. This drink was named after the Presbyterian Church, which was established by settlers in the early 19th century as seen here:
The constitutional history of the Presbyterian church in the …: Volume 1 – Page 9 by Charles Hodge in 1839
“Presbyterian settlers of this country. — I. The Puritans. — The English Puritans were generally Presbyterians. — Many of those who came to this country were Presbyterians.”
This drink spawned the mixology terminolgy “press” or “pres”, which is most commonly ordered as a scotch press. A press is a splash of soda, water, or even recently sprite, on top of the spirit of choice, often some type of whisk(e)y. This is why the presbyterian today contains club soda, but why ginger ale?
The ginerale addition comes from “ginger ale” which was extremely popular at the time of the presbyterian. The drink originally called for “ginger ale” and “club soda” which explains the agents in the modern version. The recipe confusion also comes from the Canada Dry company who started an advertising campaign prior to the repeal of prohibition as seen here:
The Missionary review of the world: Volume 56 by Royal Gould Wilder, Delavan Leonard Pierson, James Manning Sherwood in 1933
“Dr. Robert Lee Sawyer, President of Presbyterian College of Christian Education, Chicago, is the originator of the plan, ..for advertising Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Inc., because the company is to sell whisky and beer after repeal.”
This same confusion takes place in the Horse’s Neck cocktail, which derives from this drink. The horse’s neck was named for the sometimes photo finish where the racers horse’s neck was the winning distance.
This drink dates between 1864 – 1877 and contained at least as of then:
Stir these ingredients:
Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.