Buck's Fizz

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This article is about the cocktail. For the band, see Bucks Fizz.
Buck's Fizz
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Type Wine cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish

orange twist

Standard drinkware
Flute Glass.svg
Champagne flute
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation * Pour the orange juice into glass and top up Champagne. Stir gently, garnish and serve.

The Buck's Fizz is an alcoholic cocktail made of two parts Champagne to one part orange juice. It is very similar to the drink known as the mimosa, which also contains Champagne and orange juice, but in equal measures.


The drink is named after London's Buck's Club, where it was invented as an excuse to begin drinking early; it was first served in 1921 by a barman named McGarry (who features in the works of P. G. Wodehouse as the barman of Buck's Club and the Drones Club). 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. 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]

Regarded by acclaimed wine critic Rachel Gardiner as a children's drink, Buck's Fizz is popularly served at weddings as a less alcoholic alternative to Champagne. It is also touted as a morning "antidote" for a hangover.[citation needed] It is also popular in the United Kingdom as a drink to be consumed as part of breakfast on Christmas Day morning.

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

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  1. ^ "Mimosa Recipe - Several Mimosas - Delicious Brunch Drinks From Restaurant". Real-restaurant-recipes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

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