Gin Buck Cocktail Recipe

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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


The Gin Buck is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It was originally created as a variation of the Whiskey Buck, which was a popular drink during the Prohibition era. The Gin Buck quickly gained popularity due to its refreshing and easy-to-make nature. It is a favorite among gin lovers and those who enjoy a simple yet delicious cocktail.

  • The Gin Buck is believed to have originated in the United States
  • It was popular during the Prohibition era, as it was easy to make with limited ingredients
  • The cocktail has remained a classic favorite among gin enthusiasts

How Gin Buck Tastes?

The Gin Buck is a refreshing, slightly sweet, and tangy cocktail with a hint of spiciness from the ginger ale. The gin adds a subtle herbal and citrusy note, making it a well-balanced and easy-to-drink beverage.

Interesting facts about Gin Buck

  • The Gin Buck is sometimes referred to as a Gin and Ginger, due to its primary ingredients
  • The cocktail can be easily customized by adding different garnishes or adjusting the ratio of gin to ginger ale
  • The Gin Buck is a great option for those who are new to gin, as the ginger ale helps to mellow out the strong flavor of the spirit


A few good options for Gin Buck are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin (2 oz)

Gin is the star of our show, delivering botanical and juniper flavors that form the backbone of this cocktail. Less gin might make the drink too bland, while more could overpower the delicate balance with ginger ale.

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Ginger Ale (4 oz)

This fizzy mixer provides a spicy-sweet counterpoint to the gin. It's what gives the Buck its signature refreshing kick. Too little will sidestep the spice, too much could lead to a soda with a hint of gin, which isn't the goal.

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Fresh Lime Juice (0.5 oz)

Just enough to add a zesty twist and cut through the sweetness. Missing out on this will leave the cocktail lacking in acidity, turning it one-dimensional. More might skew our Buck into a sour frenzy.

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Chills the drink to perfection, because nobody likes a lukewarm gin. Ice dilutes the cocktail slowly, ensuring every sip is as cool as the last. No ice, and your Buck might feel as soft as a lukewarm handshake.

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Lime Wheel (1)

It's all about presentation and a hint of aroma that invites the first sip. Skip this, and while your taste buds might not complain, your eyes certainly will. After all, we drink with them first.

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Recipe. How to make Gin Buck Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice
  2. Add 2 oz of gin to the glass
  3. Pour in 0.5 oz of fresh lime juice
  4. Top with 4 oz of ginger ale
  5. Gently stir the cocktail to combine the ingredients
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality gin for the best flavor
  • Chill the ginger ale before using it to keep the cocktail cold
  • Use fresh lime juice instead of bottled for a fresher taste

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Boards: The refreshing zing of the Gin Buck pairs well with the savory flavors of cured meats and a variety of cheeses.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, such as shrimp cocktail or ceviche, are complemented by the cocktail's bright citrus notes.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The herbal notes in gin harmonize nicely with herb-marinated grilled chicken.
  • Asian Cuisine: Stir-fries or noodle dishes with ginger undertones will resonate with the ginger ale in the cocktail.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of a lemon dessert pairs wonderfully with the crispness of the Gin Buck.
  • Fruit Salad: A fresh fruit salad would be pleasantly enhanced by the citrusy profile of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Gin Buck

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a different flavor profile
  • Ginger Ale: Can be substituted with ginger beer for a spicier kick
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Lemon juice can be used as an alternative

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And of course - twists🍹

Gin Buck with a Berry Twist

Ingredients: Gin, Ginger Ale, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Berries, Ice Replace the lime wheel garnish with fresh berries for a fruity note. Muddle a few berries at the bottom of the glass before adding ice for an extra burst of sweet and tart.

Honeyed Gin Buck

Ingredients: Gin, Ginger Ale, Fresh Lime Juice, Honey, Ice Stir in a teaspoon of honey with the lime juice for a subtle sweetness that complements the ginger's spice. This version is perfect for those with a sweet tooth who still enjoy the kick of ginger.

Spicy Gin Buck

Ingredients: Gin, Ginger Beer, Fresh Lime Juice, Jalapeño slices, Ice Swap ginger ale for ginger beer and add a few slices of jalapeño to the mix for a spicier version. The heat will play well with the gin's botanicals, turning up the temperature on this classic cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Gin Buck

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.

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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).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Gin Buck

What type of gin works best with a Gin Buck cocktail?

While any type of gin can be used in a Gin Buck, London Dry Gin is typically considered the best choice due to its balanced botanical flavors.

Is the Gin Buck primarily a summer cocktail?

While it is refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day, the Gin Buck can be enjoyed any time of the year.

What is the best ginger ale to use in a Gin Buck?

You can use any brand of ginger ale you like, but premium brands tend to have a more nuanced flavor that pairs well with the gin.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Gin Buck?

Yes, you can substitute the gin with a non-alcoholic gin alternative, or you can simply omit it for a refreshing ginger and lime soda drink.

Is the Gin Buck a highball cocktail?

Yes, the Gin Buck is considered a highball cocktail as it is served in a tall glass and mixed with a large amount of non-alcoholic mixer.

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