For anyone who is a fan of the Moscow Mule but would like a gin variation, it’s time to look toward the gin buck. While not exactly the same, it does combine the floral flavors of gin with ginger soda to bring together a refreshing and simple cocktail. This is a simple summer cocktail that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, even for those individuals who typically don’t drink gin.
The gin buck is easy to craft and really comes down to finding a gin you like that mixes with a ginger ale you like. Because the ginger ale is a prominent ingredient it is important to go with one that stands out. You can opt for the standard Canada Dry, but there are other options out there. You can use a smaller batch ginger, or even cult favorites like Vernors (if it’s available in your area) for variations on the ginger flavor.
Gin Buck - The Perfect Classic Recipe
To make a gin buck you’ll need:
- 2oz Gin
- 3oz Ginger Ale
- Lemon wedge for garnish
This may be one of the easiest cocktails you ever make. To begin, take a highball glass and fill with ice. Pour in the gin, then add in the ginger ale. Garnish and you’re done. Some individuals like to boost the citrus profile of the drink and will squeeze some lemon (or lime) juice into the cocktail, but that’s up to you.
Gin Buck Nutrition Facts
Most of the nutritional elements of the drink come from the ginger ale you use. It’s always possible to use a diet ginger ale if you want to cut down on some of the sugar (and carbs).
- 178 Calories
- 0g Fat
- 0mg Cholesterol
- 7mg Sodium
- 7g Carbohydrates (3%)
Best Gin For a Gin Buck
You want a clean tasting gin that compliments the taste of the ginger ale. A floral gin or something without much of the juniper flavor may be best for a soda based cocktail, but it’s more of a personal preference than anything else. And typically, because you are mixing it with a soda, you don’t need to go with the extreme top shelf, but instead an affordable, quality gin. Feel free to experiment with what’s available until you find that perfect tasting gin.
Gin Buck Variations
The gin buck is such a straight forward gin cocktail there really are no alternative options as it needs to maintain both the gin and ginger ale profile to be considered a gin buck. As mentioned earlier you can add in a squeeze of lemon or lime juice if you want a touch of citrus within the drink.