Buck (cocktail)

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TypeCocktail family
Common alcohol(s)
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnishAny common garnish may be used
Standard drinkwareCopper cup, Collins
Commonly used ingredientsginger 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
PreparationMay 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 or mule is a cocktail that is made with ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and any of a number of base liquors.[1]


Variations include:

  • Bourbon, scotch, or whiskey buck[1]
  • Gin buck, also known as a Ginger Rogers (after the actress of the same name) or London buck[1]
  • Irish buck, containing Irish whiskey[2]
  • 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.[1]
  • Shanghai buck, made with light rum.[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]

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Camper English (2009-07-24). "Ginger beer gives a buck more bang". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Graham, Colleen (October 19, 2019). "The Classic Whiskey Highball Is Easy and Refreshing". The Spruce Eats.
  3. ^ Bowman, Donna (March 21, 2016). "Better Call Saul: Bali H'ai". AV Club.