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Irish Buck

The Irish Buck is an ode to refreshment and zest. This highball marvel marries ginger ale with the lively tang of lime juice, spiked with the robust flavor of Irish whiskey. Also known as a whiskey ginger, it’s considered a Buck-style cocktail thanks to the addition of lime juice.

Boozy Whiskey Ginger Ale Cocktail with Lime

It’s a symphony of flavors that greets your palate with a sweetness that mingles seamlessly with the flavor of ginger ale. The subtle bite of citrus, courtesy of lime juice, weaves its way through, adding a bright, zesty kick. But what sets the Irish Buck apart is its simplicity with a touch of sophistication. It’s a cocktail that anyone can enjoy, offering an uncomplicated yet exquisite blend that doesn’t compromise on taste. 


The Irish Buck is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for over a century. The origins of the Buck can be traced back to the late 19th century when it is believed to have gained its name as a clever play on words. A glass of ginger ale was humorously referred to as a “Horse’s Neck,” and when mixed with whiskey, it gained a spirited kick or a “buck.

The Irish Buck is typically made with Irish whiskey, ginger ale, and citrus. The drink is known for its refreshing taste and is often enjoyed on a hot summer day. The addition of ginger ale gives the cocktail a subtle sweetness that is balanced by the tartness of the citrus.

Jameson and Bushmills are two popular brands of Irish whiskey that are often used in the Irish Buck. Bourbon and rye whiskey are also commonly used in variations of the Buck, such as the Bourbon Buck or the Rye Buck.

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The Buck is sometimes called a “mule” due to the popularity of a vodka buck that is known as a Moscow Mule. However, the Buck and the Moscow Mule are not the same drink. While both are made with ginger ale, the Moscow Mule also includes lime juice and is traditionally served in a copper mug.

How to Make It

Boozy Whiskey Ginger Ale Cocktail with Lime

Irish Buck

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Making an Irish Buck is a breeze, and you only need a few ingredients to get started.

Here's how you can make it in the comfort of your own home.


  • 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey
  • ¼ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 oz ginger ale, chilled
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add Irish whiskey and freshly squeezed lime juice to the glass.
  3. Top the glass with 2 ounces of chilled ginger ale.
  4. Stir the drink gently and briefly to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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While the classic Irish Buck recipe is delicious as is, there are plenty of ways to put your own spin on this refreshing cocktail. Here are a few variations to try:

Moscow Mule Buck

If you’re a fan of the Moscow Mule, you’ll love this variation on the Irish Buck. Simply swap out the Irish whiskey for vodka, and you’ve got a Moscow Mule Buck. Serve it in a tall glass over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge for an extra kick.

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Honey Buck

For a sweeter take on the Irish Buck, try adding a bit of honey to the mix. Simply stir in a teaspoon of honey with the ginger ale and whiskey before adding the lime juice. This will give your cocktail a touch of sweetness and a unique flavor.

Nutty Buck

For a nutty twist on the classic Irish Buck, try adding a splash of hazelnut liqueur. This will give your cocktail a rich, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the ginger ale and whiskey.

Kentucky Buck

A Kentucky Buck cocktail is a variation of the Whiskey Buck cocktail that is made with bourbon instead of Irish whiskey. The drink is typically made with bourbon, ginger beer, and lime juice. The Kentucky Buck cocktail is a refreshing and spicy cocktail that is perfect for warm weather.

Apple Buck

An Apple Buck cocktail is a variation of the Whiskey Buck cocktail that is made with apple brandy instead of whiskey. The drink is typically made with apple brandy, ginger ale, and lemon juice. The Apple Buck cocktail is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for fall.

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Written by Paul Kushner

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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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