The Tenderloin: Bourbon Buck

I like drinks I can make easily. While it’s fun to occasionally splurge on some rare ingredients and get the shaker out of the freezer, those pretenses quickly dissolve after your second drink.

People who think the most important ingredient to a cocktail is a vest will try to convince you that a bourbon buck involves simple syrup, crushed peaches, and a carefully-pinched lime peel. This, my friends, is all window dressing. A bourbon buck is as simple as it is delicious. The only thing that makes it more or less fancy is how much you throw down on ginger beer–and even then, if you can only find Canada Dry ginger ale, that works too, and don’t be pressured by any fop who says otherwise.

There are, of course, variations–the Irish Buck, the Scotch Buck, even the Rum Buck (which is in fact a Dark & Stormy). But bourbon is the benchmark, so let’s use it today.

Bourbon Buck

  • 2 fingers of bourbonbourbonbuck
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

Fill a tall cocktail glass with ice. Pour in the bourbon, and then add ginger beer until it reaches the brim. Stir lightly. Squeeze lime wedge over the top, and then toss it in. Enjoy.



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