The Buck's fizz is a simple drink made of orange juice and Champagne. It's nearly identical to the popular mimosa. Both drinks are from the 1920s, though the Buck's fizz is believed to be a few years older. The primary difference is that the best mimosas include triple sec, and this cocktail uses only juice and wine in different proportions. Depending on how you like your mimosas, you may have been making a Buck's fizz all along!
This cocktail is said to have been invented in 1925 at Buck's Club in London. It's generally made with 1 part orange juice and 2 parts Champagne. One of its first appearances in writing was in Harry Cradock's "The Savoy Cocktail Book," though that recipe fills the glass just one-quarter of the way with orange juice. The 1930 bartending guide notably lacks the mimosa, so it seems that around the time of Prohibition this cocktail was the better known of the two.
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 4 ounces Champagne
- Garnish: orange twist
Gather the ingredients.
In a champagne flute, build the ingredients by first pouring the orange juice and then topping it with sparkling wine.
Garnish with an orange twist.
Serve and enjoy!
- You'll notice that the recipe doesn't ask you to stir, shake, or mix this drink in any other way. That's because the Champagne's bubbles do all the mixing for you. It's a perfect pour-and-drink cocktail that anyone can mix up.
- Treat yourself to the best Buck's fizz by using fresh-squeezed orange juice. At least try to avoid juices made from concentrates.
- As with any Champagne cocktail, you can skip the French Champagne and use any sparkling wine you like. Try prosecco from Italy or Spain's cava and explore the many other sparkling wines produced throughout the world.
- This recipe is a perfect inspiration for all sorts of fruity sparkling wine cocktails. It proves that all you need is a little juice. Instead of orange, try apple, cranberry, or a combination of fruit juices. And, if you go with peach you'll have the famous Bellini.
- Turn the Buck's fizz into a stunning tequila sunrise cocktail by adding a little grenadine after the orange juice and before the Champagne. This variation is often mistakenly used to differentiate the mimosa and Buck's fizz, and it looks fabulous.
- Adding apricot brandy to the mix creates a classic Valencia cocktail no. 2.
- It's easy to turn this into a brunch-worthy mocktail. Simply skip the wine and pour a nonalcoholic sparkling cider or grape juice instead.
How Strong Is a Buck's Fizz?
If you need another reason to enjoy a Buck's fizz on a casual morning, the fact that it's a relatively light cocktail should do it! Most Champagnes are around 12 percent ABV, which is diluted by the orange juice. On average, this drink has an alcohol content around 8 percent ABV (16 proof).