|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard garnish||Any common garnish may be used|
|Standard drinkware||Copper cup, Collins|
|Commonly used ingredients||ginger beer for a classic buck, deeper more complex cocktail, or ginger ale, for a neutral/sweet, dive bar style buck. 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.|
A buck is a cocktail that is made with ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and any of a number of base liquors. Buck cocktails are sometimes called "mules" due to the popularity of a vodka buck that is known as a Moscow Mule.
The buck is believed to have gotten its name when someone added a shot of whiskey to the previously nonalcoholic Horse’s Neck, which consisted of ginger ale with lemon juice. The added alcohol gave the horse a "kick" – hence, a bucking horse.
- Bourbon, rye, or whiskey buck.
- Kentucky Buck, containing bourbon and strawberry.
- Gin buck, containing gin. Sometimes known as British Buck or London Buck.
- Gin Gin Mule, containing gin and mint. Also known as a Ginger Rogers (after the actress of the same name.)
- Irish buck, containing Irish whiskey
- Mamie Taylor, containing scotch whisky.
- Rum buck, also called a Barbados buck or Jamaican buck to indicate the origin of the rum. Adding lime to a Dark 'N' Stormy creates a rum buck.
- Shanghai buck, made with light rum, and served at the Shanghai Club in the 1930s.
- Vodka buck, also known as a Moscow mule, invented in Los Angeles, California, US, and largely responsible for the popularity of vodka in the United States from the 1940s through 1960s.
- Chilcano, made with Pisco.
- Variations using brandy and other liquors
- Addition of syrups, different types of juice, fresh ginger, mint, and various garnishes
In popular culture
- In the Better Call Saul season 2 episode, "Bali H'ai", Schweikart, a founding partner of Kim Wexler's opposing firm, treats her to an upscale lunch to recruit her, orders a Moscow Mule in a copper mug, and offers her one, too. She declines both the mid-day drink, which she calls "vintage", and the job offer, but tacitly acknowledges Schweikart's message that the freedom to drink during a working lunch symbolizes the firm's larger offer of freedom to "spread her wings", in a firm unlike HHM's restrictive, unsupportive environment. Later that evening, Kim orders herself a Moscow Mule at a bar, and then calls Jimmy to help her fleece a philanderer who is hitting on her.
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