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Rum Buck

Shake rum and lime juice with ice cubes.  Strain into an ice filled highball glass.  Top with ginger ale and add a lime wheel for the garnish.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Buck
Tags 1919-1933 (Prohibition), Summer Drink
Proof 23.7
Strength 1.3 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold
Rum Buck
Rum Buck

I used Goslings ginger beer with a splash of club soda to make this drink (the Goslings wasn't very fizzy and it's very sweet so a little leaning out with the soda was in order).  This resulted in a pleasant Rum Buck - very refreshing with that little zip of ginger on the end. 

This is like a Dark 'n Stormy except with light rum and lime juice specifically added (a Dark 'n Stormy has a squeeze of lime at the end).

Ginger ale is specified in the recipe but you can use ginger beer as well.  They are basically interchangeable with ginger beer usually having a little more ginger kick to it.  Even better would be to brew your own ginger beer.  I have this on my to do list...

If you have some Jamaica Ginger extract (recipe is on this site) you can make an "on the fly" ginger beer for a Rum Buck (or any Buck).  About 10 drops of extract, 1 tablespoon simple syrup (2:1 strength), pinch or citric acid and top with club soda.  You can alter the amount of extract to suit your taste.

There are several variations on a Rum Buck that mostly involve which rum you use.  A Jamaica Buck uses Jamaican rum (Appleton is a good choice) and a Barbados Buck uses Bajan rum (think Mt. Gay).  There is also a drink called a Shanghai Buck, but I have not found a definitive type of rum that is used in it.  If you have some insight on this libation, please comment below!

Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Flor de Cana Extra Dry 4 Year rum, lime juice and homemade ginger beer. 7/14/2012

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