Imbibing Mr. Boston: Orange Buck Cocktail


“The Buck stops here” – Harry S Truman

Sure, a lot of people try to pass the buck, but probably not the cocktail.  Oddly enough, the buck cocktail is also sometimes known as a mule.  Why name an antiquary cocktail after two designations for quadruped animals?  Who knows…?!

Anyway, a buck is a cocktail that calls for ginger beer or ale, citrus juice and a spirit.  Amazingly enough, this simple recipe seems to work with any spirit.  Today, we’re focusing on the gin buck, which is more commonly known as a London Buck, or if you’re into the golden age of Hollywood, a Ginger Rogers.

Simple, it goes down easy.  Not a lot of depth here, but a great drink for a hot day, or even something to wet the whistle after a hard day.

To make things a little more interesting, I used Blue Sky organic ginger ale.  This will also work well with a ginger beer.  More about that in my next article.

Orange Buck
1.5oz gin
1oz orange juice
0.25oz lime juice
ginger ale

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled highball glass. Fill with ginger ale and stir.