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 “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!
There is a difference between Irish and American whiskeys and if you’re interested in learning, 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
If you don’t have Irish whiskey it is OK to substitute American but then don’t call it an Irish Buck.
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The Irish Buck Cocktail
- 2 ounces Irish Whiskey
- 3 ounces ginger ale
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 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.
Megan Marlowe says
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?! 😉
Terri Steffes says
I didn’t know of the category of “buck” cocktails but we drink all of these regularly. I like the idea of making this for St. Pat’s day. Now to get some irish whiskey!
Wendy Klik says
One of my favorite cocktails is Canadian Whiskey and Vernors (a Michigan ginger ale). I’m anxious to try this Irish version.
Ooooh. This sounds tasty! I could use one right about now!
Cheese Curd In Paradise says
I learned something new about “buck”! I would really enjoy this drink- can’t wait to make it.
I had never heard of this one. I wonder what you call it if you use American whiskey. An American Buck? LOL
This sounds like an easy to make and delicious cocktail! I’m always up for a new cocktail!
Camilla at Culinary Adventures says
And I had NO idea what a ‘buck’ cocktail was. Thanks for sharing. And thanks, too, for linking to my recipe, Ellen. I can’t wait to try this. Cheers!