A ‘Buck’ (sometimes call a Mule e.g. Moscow Mule) is a long cocktail combining citrus, spirit and ginger beer. For those of you wondering about the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale, ginger beer tends to be fermented, while ale isn’t. I find ginger beer gives a bolder flavour to cocktails and a little more kick, but play with both and see which you prefer.
A Gin Buck (or a Ginger Rogers) is fantastic alternative to a gin and tonic and is my go-to on a hot summer’s day. There are all sorts of Buck recipes and lots of ingredients you can experiment with. I chose to feature the Blueberry Buck as an homage to American Aviation Gin after meeting founder Ryan Magarian earlier this month, and it’s delicious!
Ingredients for Blueberry Buck
60ml Aviation gin
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
90ml ginger beer
Mint leaves for garnish
Method for making the Blueberry Buck
Add gin, lemon juice, blueberries (keep a couple for garnish) and ice to a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Add ice and shake until outside of the shaker is chilled.
Strain into a tall glass and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with a couple of blueberries and a mint leaf or two. Enjoy!