With an eye on warmer weather, mix up a Kentucky Buck

The Kentucky Buck is a long, refreshing bourbon drink — one that is tailor-made for a hot summer afternoon.

With an eye on warmer weather, mix up a Kentucky Buck

Here’s a drink — something of a modern classic in the USA — that is tailor-made for hot afternoon drinking.

The Kentucky Buck is all about the bourbon, with a healthy two measures in the mix, but it’s also about the ginger beer.

The Buck is a style of highball made most often with ginger ale, but San Diego bartender, Erick Castro, applied a house-made ginger beer to his take on the classic formula.

Pop in a muddled strawberry and zest it up with some citrus, and you’ve to just the kind of drink to get your summer afternoon started.

Erick Castro also hosts the popular Bartender At Large podcast.

Kentucky Buck


60ml bourbon
22ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
1 strawberry
Ginger beer to top

Muddle the strawberry and sugar syrup in the base of a cocktail shaker.
Add the remaining ingredients (except the ginger beer). Shake with ice.
Strain into a tall glass. Fill with ice, top with ginger beer.

Adapted from a 2009 recipe created by Erick Castro, Polite Provisions, San Diego.