The Gin Buck: An Easy Gin and Ginger Ale Drink

Gin Buck Cocktail

The Spruce

Ratings (49)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
178 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the gin into an ice-filled highball glass.

    Highball cocktail glass.
     The Spruce
  2. Top with ginger ale.

    Topped with ginger ale.
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  3. Garnish with the lemon wedge.

    Gin buck cocktail.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Which Gin Should You Choose?

Whichever one you like! Just like the other gin and soda drinks, you can go as low- or high-brow as you like and even switch it up depending on your mood.

Mixed drinks like this are perfect for those times when you need to save a little cash. Luckily, there are a number of gin brands that are perfect for those moments. Gordon's is a personal favorite for any gin highball.

On the other hand, if you feel like stepping it up a notch, try your Gin Buck with a premium gin base. Tanqueray and Aviation are the perfect places to begin.

How Strong is the Gin Buck?

As with all highball drinks, the Gin Buck is a relatively mild beverage when it comes to the amount of alcohol it contains. That makes it perfect for happy hour or anytime you simply want a refreshing cocktail without the heavy buzz.

If we make our Gin Buck with 80-proof gin and fill the glass with 6-ounces of ginger ale, it weighs in at right around 9% ABV (18 proof). Of course, if you pour less soda or more gin, it can be stronger than that.

More Gin & Soda Highballs

  • Foghorn - Commonly made with ginger beer, the Foghorn can also be made with ginger ale. This recipe adds lime juice and is great with Old Tom Gin.

  • Gin & Tonic - The most popular of the gin and soda drinks, the G&T is an icon of the bar. It is the cocktail you can get anywhere and enjoy with any gin you desire.

  • Gin Fizz - A classic gin highball, the Gin Fizz takes the sparkling drink to a new level. Be sure to try it with egg white so you get the full taste of this classic drink.

  • Gin Gin Mule - A modern creation, this flavorful highball pairs your favorite gin with ginger beer, along with the contrasting taste of fresh mint.

  • Gin Rickey - Switch from ginger ale to club soda and add a splash of lime to transform your Buck into a Rickey.

  • Tom Collins - Similar to the Gin Rickey, you will find the Tom Collins to be a slightly sweeter variation. Also, you will need to switch to lemon juice for this recipe.