Buck (cocktail)

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Type Cocktail family
Alcohol common in this class of cocktail
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

any common garnish may be used

Standard drinkware
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Collins glass
Commonly used ingredients

ginger ale or ginger beer, lime or other citrus juice

Preparation may be mixed or muddled if mint, syrups, or fresh fruit is added; shaken vigorously with ice then strained into the glass. Topped with ginger ale or ginger beer.

Buck, and also mule, are slightly antiquated names for a family of historic mixed drinks that involve ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and any of a number of base liquors.[1]

Variations include:

  • Rum buck, also called a Jamaica buck or Barbados buck to indicate the origin of the rum. A Shanghai buck is made with light rum. Adding lime to a Dark 'N' Stormy creates a rum buck.[1]
  • Gin buck, also known as a London buck or a Ginger Rogers (after the actress of the same name)[1]
  • Whiskey, scotch, or bourbon buck[1]
  • Vodka buck, also known as a Moscow mule, invented in Los Angeles, California and largely responsible for the popularity of vodka in the United States from the 1940s through 1960s.[1]
  • Variations using brandy and other liquors[1]
  • Addition of syrups, different types of juice, fresh ginger, mint, and various garnishes[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Camper English (2009-07-24). "Ginger beer gives a buck more bang". San Francisco Chronicle.