Buck's Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Buck's Fizz Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0.6 g

Carbohydrates:12 g


Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Buck's Fizz is a classic cocktail that was created in 1921 at the Buck's Club in London. It was named after the club and quickly gained popularity as a refreshing and elegant drink. It is often associated with celebrations and special occasions, such as weddings and brunches.

  • The cocktail was created as a lighter alternative to the classic Champagne cocktail
  • It became popular during the Prohibition era in the United States
  • The drink is often served at brunches and is a popular choice for wedding toasts

How Buck's Fizz Tastes?

Buck's Fizz is a light, refreshing, and slightly sweet cocktail. The combination of orange juice and Champagne gives it a fruity and bubbly taste, while the grenadine adds a touch of sweetness.

Interesting facts about Buck's Fizz

  • Buck's Fizz is often confused with the Mimosa, another popular Champagne and orange juice cocktail. The main difference is that Buck's Fizz has grenadine, while Mimosas do not.
  • The original recipe called for equal parts Champagne and orange juice, but modern variations often use more Champagne to make the drink lighter and more bubbly.
  • The cocktail is traditionally served in a Champagne flute to preserve the bubbles and enhance the presentation.



  • Why we use it: Champagne is the life of the party! It adds the bubbly effervescence that makes a cocktail dance on your tongue.
  • Flavor: Without Champagne, you lose the celebratory fizz and the zesty interplay with the orange juice.
  • Alternatives: Prosecco could step in for a less ostentatious fizz, but the French might have something to say!

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

  • Why we use it: It's the sunny delight that wakes up your taste buds in this morning classic.
  • Flavor: No OJ? You'll be missing the citrus zing that's the backbone of the drink's character.
  • Alternatives: Blood orange juice can give it a ruby twist and a slightly tart note.

Mary Mitkina


  • Why we use it: Grenadine is like the secret whisper of sweetness and color, the final flourish that makes you go 'Ooh la la'.
  • Flavor: Skipping it won't ruin the party, but why miss the chance for that extra touch of sweet sophistication?
  • Alternatives: A dash of raspberry syrup can be a playful swap, winking at your taste buds with berry brightness.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Buck's Fizz Drink

  1. Chill the Champagne flute: Place the Champagne flute in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it.
  2. Mix the ingredients: In a mixing glass, combine the orange juice and grenadine. Stir well.
  3. Pour into the flute: Carefully pour the orange juice mixture into the chilled Champagne flute, filling it about halfway.
  4. Top with Champagne: Slowly top up the flute with chilled Champagne, allowing the bubbles to settle before adding more. The drink should be about two-thirds Champagne and one-third orange juice mixture.
  5. Garnish: Optionally, garnish the cocktail with a twist of orange peel or a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Champagne: Use a dry, high-quality Champagne for the best results.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice will give a better flavor than store-bought.
  • Grenadine: Don't overdo it with the grenadine. A little goes a long way.

Perfect Pairings

Brunch Favorites

  • Eggs Benedict: The acidity in the orange juice and the effervescence from the Champagne cut through the richness of the hollandaise sauce.
  • Fresh Fruit Salads: A fruit salad complemented with a Buck's Fizz adds a symphony of fruity flavors, perfect for a garden party.
  • Croissants and Pastries: Light pastries pair beautifully with the bubbly and citrusy notes of the cocktail.


  • Smoked Salmon: The crispness of the Champagne with the citrus from the orange juice enhances the smoky flavor.
  • Oysters: A classic pairing with Champagne, the effervescence and acidity balance the oceanic flavors.


  • Fruit Tarts: The grenadine in the Buck's Fizz brings a sweet note that pairs well with fruit-based desserts.
  • Sponge Cake: A light and airy cake will complement the bubbly nature of the drink.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Buck's Fizz

  • Champagne: Can be substituted with any other sparkling wine.
  • Orange Juice: Can be substituted with grapefruit juice for a slightly more tart flavor.
  • Grenadine: Can be substituted with a dash of simple syrup or a cherry syrup.

Explore all drinks starting with B here

And of course - twists🍹

Mimosa Royale

  • Ingredients: Replace Champagne with a sparkling rosé and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
  • Recipe: Follow the same steps, but revel in the rosy hue that the sparkling rosé imparts.
  • Taste: The sparkling rosé will add a fruity depth and the pomegranate seeds will create bursts of tart-sweetness.

Tropical Fizz

  • Ingredients: Add a splash of coconut water and a 0.5 oz of pineapple juice.
  • Recipe: First mix the pineapple juice, coconut water, and grenadine together before topping with Champagne.
  • Taste: This twist transports you to sandy beaches with its tropical notes and subtle sweetness.

Berry Bliss

  • Ingredients: Swap out orange juice for a mixed berry puree and garnish with a fresh berry skewer.
  • Recipe: Stir the berry puree with grenadine, then top with Champagne for a berry bonanza.
  • Taste: Each sip brings a summer berry patch to your palate, layered with a luxurious fizz.

In case you forgot basics how to make Buck's Fizz

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

Learn everything on garnishing

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Buck's Fizz

Can I make a Buck's Fizz with alcohol-free Champagne?

Yes, you can substitute the Champagne with alcohol-free sparkling wine if you prefer to make a non-alcoholic version of the Buck's Fizz.

Is Buck's Fizz a good cocktail for beginners to make?

Yes, the Buck's Fizz is a great cocktail for beginners. It has a simple recipe with only a few ingredients, and it does not require any advanced mixology techniques.

Can I prepare a bigger batch of Buck's Fizz in advance for a party?

Yes, you can prepare a larger amount of the orange juice and grenadine mixture in advance. However, you should add the Champagne just before serving to keep its bubbly nature.

Is there a specific time or event to enjoy a Buck's Fizz cocktail?

Not really. Though traditionally it's often associated with celebrations and special occasions such as weddings and brunches, a Buck's Fizz can be enjoyed any time you want a light, refreshing champagne cocktail.

What type of grenadine should I use for a Buck's Fizz?

Quality grenadine, such as homemade or premium brands, will provide the best flavor for your Buck's Fizz. Avoid cheap, overly sweet grenadines as they can overpower the other ingredients.

More similar recipes to Buck's Fizz!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe