The Gin Buck Cocktail
If you're throwing a 4th of July party or having friends and family at the house for a celebration, then why not add a cocktail selection to the list that may be unexpected.
Lately, the trend is vintage. Vintage cars, vintage clothes, vintage fads, and trends. Even vintage jewelry so why not vintage cocktails?
The Roaring 20's
The Gin Buck goes back - way back... The Buck dates back to the mid-1800s and is defined as a simple drink made with a spirit, citrus and ginger ale or ginger beer. The Moscow Mule is also a mixed drink that is back on the rise, as a comparison cocktail. While a Moscow Mule relies on vodka and lime juice, the Gin Buck calls for gin. If you want to do it up just right, might we suggest using ginger beer or ginger ale made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. This way it's not too sweet and has just the right bite.
This cocktail, like other bucks and gin-based drinks, has been around since the 1880s. In the case of the "Gin Rickey", bartender George A. Williamson made it special for one Colonel Joe Rickey and the name was born.
Though the story of some classic cocktails is deep-rooted in European and American history, the great heyday for many creative cocktails was Prohibition. The 13-year span from 1920 to 1933 where the allure of banned liquor inspired waves of colorful concoctions that offered glamour, risk and good taste.
The shift to gin in the 1920s is believed to have occurred because bathtub gin was more readily available, as it required no aging. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a fan of the revised Rickey (referenced above) and placed it in a pivotal scene in The Great Gatsby.
Fun for parties!
Yes, its vintage and has some draw from crowds 21 to 85 years of age with the re-emergence of the roaring '20s in themed parties, blockbuster movies, and events. Many may not know the name, but the refreshing taste will be a reminder.
How to make the Gin Buck cocktail
- Fill a Collins glass with ice and add 1 1/2 oz gin and lemon or lime juice (half of a fresh lime).
- Fill with ginger ale and stir briefly.
- Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.
It's really that simple. If you're mixing for the masses, try expanding this recipe into a glass beverage dispenser, with a lemon or lime concentrate and fresh sliced fruit, filled with ginger ale. It's a refreshing 4th of July and summer drink that everyone can enjoy.
If you're like us, then you like to stay local and support other local businesses. Might we recommend a gin selection by one of a couple local Minneapolis distilleries?