The Irish Buck Cocktail


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Served over ice with a twist of lime, the Irish Buck is a popular choice for those looking for a flavorful and easy-to-enjoy cocktail with a touch of Irish charm.

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A cocktail on a wooden board garnished with a lime wheel.

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What ingredients do you need for an Irish Buck Recipe?

  • Irish Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lime Juice (plus a lime wheel for garnish)

A “buck” cocktail is one that has a spirit base, in this case, Irish whiskey, ginger ale, and citrus. Buck cocktails are sometimes called “mules” due to the popularity of a vodka buck that is known as a Moscow Mule.

What is the difference between a mule and a buck cocktail?

Moscow Mules and any variations fall under the broad cocktail category of “bucks”, meaning drinks prepared with ginger beers or ginger ales, and citrus juices to complement a wide range of liquors.

What are examples of Buck cocktails?

  • Moscow Mule – The classic made with ginger beer and vodka.
  • Meyer Lemon Bourbon Mule – A favorite flavor combination is a classic cocktail.
  • Berry Basil Moscow Mule – A fun and refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, this non-traditional Berry Basil Moscow Mule is delicious and a great way to cool off on a hot day! 

How do you serve an Irish Buck Cocktail?

Buck cocktails are served on the rocks, meaning over ice. An Irish Buck is mixed in the glass and not in a cocktail shaker. One less thing to wash!

Labeled ingredients for an Irish Buck cocktail.

Can I use American whiskey instead of Irish Whiskey?

While technically you can, American and Irish whiskeys have different flavor profiles. If you do use American whiskey, please don’t call it an Irish Buck.

If you’re interested in learning about the difference between Irish and American whiskeys and you can read about it in my Irish Coffee post.

It’s really an interesting read and not too long. I love learning about the history of things, cocktails included.

The Irish buck cocktail is a nice way to change up what you serve when entertaining. Plus it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

Overhead photo of a bottle of Irish whiskey, a cocktail and a can of ginger ale.

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The Irish Buck Cocktail

If you’re looking for a refreshing and simple cocktail, the Irish Buck cocktail is it! It’s made with just 3 ingredients.
4.67 from 15 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Servings: 1


  • 2 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 3 ounces ginger ale
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  • Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Irish whiskey, ginger ale and lime juice. Stir gently and garnish glass with lime wheel.

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  1. This is the perfect cocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! I’m going the traditional route and getting myself some Irish Whiskey…I mean really, is there any other kind?! 😉

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