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|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.|
- Bourbon, scotch, or whiskey buck
- Gin buck, also known as a Ginger Rogers (after the actress of the same name) or London buck
- Irish buck, containing Irish whiskey
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Camper English (2009-07-24). "Ginger beer gives a buck more bang". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Graham, Colleen (October 19, 2019). "The Classic Whiskey Highball Is Easy and Refreshing". The Spruce Eats.
- Bowman, Donna (March 21, 2016). "Better Call Saul: Bali H'ai". AV Club.
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