Bucks are a type of highball that make a great summertime cocktail – refreshing and easy to make – the basic recipe is just a shot of booze, lemon juice, and top with ginger ale. When the days are long and the weather pleasant, last thing you want is to be fiddling in the kitchen with a 10 ingredient cocktail. And since the recipe is simple, it makes variations a snap.
In this case, its a classic drink that I first came across at Boot and Shoe Service, my favorite local wood-fired pizzeria that is run by a Chez Panisse alum and features a great cocktail program. The standard recipe calls for light rum for which they used a rhum agricole blanc, which provided a more complex, funkier profile. They also substituted a house-made ginger syrup and soda water in place of the ginger ale. I’ve found a good spicy ginger beer is an excellent substitute. A word of caution – these go down very easy.
1 1/2 oz. light rum (rhum agricole blanc)
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
Shake with ice and strain into ice filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer.