Here’s a little cocktail 101: a “buck” is a type of cocktail that combines ginger beer and citrus with the spirit of your choice. So for example, a Moscow mule (vodka, lime, and ginger beer) is technically also a vodka buck. Today’s cocktail is from one of my all-time favorite bartenders, Erick Castro. For a twist on a bourbon buck, Erick adds a strawberry and couple dashes of Angostura bitters. File this away under the category of simple, but devilishly delicious. Just because the Kentucky Derby has come and gone, doesn’t mean I have to put away that bottle of bourbon. In fact, with the weather heating up, I think I’ll keep it out right on the kitchen counter!

Kentucky Buck cocktail recipe by HonestlyYUM

Kentucky Buck cocktail recipe by HonestlyYUM

Kentucky Buck cocktail recipe by HonestlyYUM

Kentucky Buck cocktail recipe by HonestlyYUM

Kentucky Buck

A refreshing blend of bourbon, ginger beer, lemon, and strawberry.
Servings: 1 cocktail

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberry and simple syrup, then top with bourbon, lemon juice and bitters. Fill with ice and shake. Double strain into a collins glass over new ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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