Typically, bucks are made with ginger ale, but we love this fresh take from bartender Erick Castro, which uses ginger syrup and club soda for a stronger kick of ginger.
If prefer ginger ale, you can still make a lovely version of the Kentucky Buck by swapping the ginger syrup for simple syrup. But don’t you dare change out the bourbon for rye or blended whiskey – to do so would be a grave injury to Kentucky’s honor, where bourbon is the official state spirit.
Bucks seem all the more refreshing served in the classic copper (or pewter) mugs, but it’s just as nice in an old fashioned glass.
Muddle the strawberry and ginger (or simple) syrup in a shaker. Add all remaining ingredients, except sparkling water, and shake with ice. Double-strain through a fine mesh sieve into an ice-filled copper mug or short glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of lemon and/or a strawberry.
- Kentucky Buck from PUNCH magazine