Gin Buck Cocktail with Lemon Wedge, Mint and Ice Cubes
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Gin Buck Cocktail

If you haven’t had a Gin Buck before, it’s time that you were introduced. The Gin Buck is a refreshing cocktail that is as much of a delight to make as it is to drink. Well, let’s get you acquainted, here’s an overview of the Gin Buck, its history, ingredients, and how to make one. 

About & History 

The Gin Buck refers to a family of cocktails that are defined by having some combination of liquor, citrus, and either ginger ale or ginger beer. Bucks have been around since the 1800s, however, the early variations typically used whiskey or other liquors instead of gin. A Moscow Mule is essentially a buck with a distinctive name. 


The Gin Buck was popularized in the 1920s and enjoyed many years of favor through the 1940s. The popularity of the Gin Buck has waned in recent years in favor of whiskey-based buck cocktails, however, that’s exactly why you should be trying it today!



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Cocktails come and go like the tides, some of them, like the Gin Buck, are worth bringing back into the light. 


There are two major variations of the Gin Buck. Each variation offers a distinct experience. That said, here are the primary ingredients that you will need to make a Gin Buck. 


  • 2 oz of gin


  • 3 oz of ginger ale or ginger beer according to taste


  • A wedge of lemon or lime for garnish/presentation


Directions to make

If you are wondering about the two variations we mentioned earlier, here is what you need to know to make them both. The biggest decisions you will have to make are between using ginger ale, or ginger beer and choosing between a dry gin and one with heavier citrus notes. 


A Gin Buck that is made with ginger ale will taste different than one that is made with ginger beer. Likewise, if you select a gin with strong hints of juniper, your Gin Buck will be on the drier side. Choosing a gin with more citrus flavor will give your Gin Buck the kind of refreshing tang that is perfect for the hot months of summer. 


To make a Gin Buck, start with a Collins Glass and fill it with ice and 20oz of the gin of your choice. You can choose to add lemon or lime juice as well if you so desire. The next step is to stir in your ginger beer, or ginger ale depending on your preference. Finally, top the glass with a lemon or lime wedge and you’re golden! 


Although creating a Gin Buck is simple in concept, you should take time to experiment with alternating between ginger ale and ginger beer to find the best flavor. Of course, you can and should experiment with different gins to find the right combination. 


For example, a Gin Buck made with Tanqueray Rangpur will sport a very different flavor than one made with something like Henrick’s gin. One variation is not necessarily better than the other, it all comes down to your own personal taste. 


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