Buck's Fizz

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Buck's Fizz
Buck's Fizz on Christmas Morning (8491638980).jpg
TypeWine cocktail
Base spirit
ServedNeat: undiluted and without ice
Standard garnishorange twist
Standard drinkware
Flute Glass.svg
Champagne flute
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationPour the orange juice into glass and top up Champagne. Stir gently, garnish and serve.

Buck's Fizz is an alcoholic cocktail made of two parts sparkling wine, typically champagne, to one part orange juice. It is very similar to the Mimosa, which also contains champagne and orange juice, but in equal measures. Other sparkling wines may also be used.


The drink is named after London's Buck's Club, where it was first served in 1921 by a barman named Malachy McGarry (who features in the works of P. G. Wodehouse as the barman of Buck's Club and the Drones Club).[citation needed] Traditionally, it is made by mixing two parts champagne and one part orange juice. Some older recipes list grenadine as an additional ingredient, but the International Bartenders Association recipe does not include it.[citation needed] The original Buck's Club recipe is said to contain additional ingredients known only to the club's bartenders.[citation needed]

Four years later, the mimosa cocktail was invented in Paris. It also contains sparkling wine and orange juice, but in equal measures.[1]

Buck's Fizz is popularly served at weddings as a less alcoholic alternative to champagne. In the United Kingdom, it is a popular part of a Christmas day breakfast. Many people also drink it on New Year's Eve.

In 1981, the name was adopted by a British pop group which went on to win a Eurovision title.

More recently, prosecco has been used in the cocktail in the place of champagne as a sparkling wine.[2]

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  1. ^ "Mimosa Recipe - Several Mimosas - Delicious Brunch Drinks From Restaurant". Real-restaurant-recipes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ Thomson, Brendan (2019-12-23). "Christmas Cocktails | What is the Classic Bucks Fizz? | Renegade blog". Renegade & Longton. Retrieved 2022-05-22.

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