The Gin Buck

Gin buck cocktail recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
178 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 178
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Many of the best mixed drinks are also the easiest, and the gin buck certainly falls into that category. All you need for this particularly refreshing choice is your favorite gin and ginger ale. The gin buck is one of the many great gin and soda highball beverages and it comes together incredibly fast.

The beauty of the gin buck is in its simplicity and universal appeal. Some drinkers don't enjoy the dryness of a gin and tonic or the tartness of a gin rickey. The gin buck falls right in the middle, opting for the semi-sweet flavor of ginger ale. It's ideal for happy hour, dinner, or anytime you want a quick and casual drink.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4​ ounces ginger ale (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: lemon wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a gin buck cocktail
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  2. Pour the gin into an ice-filled highball glass.

    Pour in gin
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  3. Top with ginger ale.

    Top with ginger ale
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  4. Garnish with the lemon wedge. Serve and enjoy!

    Garnish with lemon wedge
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  • Nearly any gin works well in this drink. It's a perfect recipe to save money, and budget-friendly gins like Gordon's are a good choice. Or try the gin buck with a premium gin base such as Tanqueray or Aviation.
  • There are also many great ginger ales to try. Vernors is a classic choice, while Q Ginger is a modern creation that's less sweet and designed specifically for cocktails. You can also make your own ginger ale and have complete control over the flavor.
  • Try a variety of gin and ginger ale combinations. You might find that one brand of gin is best with one particular ginger ale, or that another gin requires a little less soda.

Recipe Variations

  • Leap frog: A gin buck with a splash of lemon juice. Add lime juice and it's called a dragonfly.
  • Switch to Irish whiskey and you have an Irish buck (or whiskey and ginger).
  • The foghorn sometimes uses ginger ale instead of ginger beer. The recipe adds lime juice and is great with Old Tom Gin.
  • A classic gin highball, the gin fizz takes the sparkling drink to a new level. Try it with egg white to get an authentic taste of the classic drink.
  • A modern creation, the gin-gin mule pairs gin with ginger beer, along with the refreshing taste of fresh mint.
  • The Tom Collins uses club soda, adds simple syrup, and prefers lemon juice.

How Strong Is the Gin Buck?

As with all highballs, the gin buck is a relatively mild mixed drink. When made with 80-proof gin and 4 ounces of ginger ale, its alcohol content falls around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). Pour less soda or more gin and it will be stronger. It's simply a refreshing cocktail without the heavy buzz.