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Brandy Buck

Shake the brandy and lemon juice with ice cubes.  Strain onto new ice and top with ginger ale.  Garnish with a spent lemon shell.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Buck
Tags 1840-1880 (Cocktails Arrive), Summer Drink
Proof 23.7
Strength 1.3 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold
Brandy Buck
Brandy Buck

I am not loving this base spirit (brandy) in a Buck.  It might be because I'm using a rather light Cognac (Landy VS).  The drink doesn't taste bad, just a little thin.  I tried this right after an out of the park New Orleans Buck which had all kinds of flavors going on - maybe the opening act was too good for the closer?

I did use an on the spot ginger beer preparation consisting of 9 drops of Jamaica Ginger, a pinch each of citric and tartaric acid, 2 heaping teaspoons of double strength simple syrup and 3 ounces of club soda for the topper.  Everything got shaken except the club soda. 

While Jamaica Ginger makes a good ginger ale or ginger beer (use less or more respectively), I'm thinking you need more than that to make a really tasty ginger beer.  The acids help give it some snap but it's not quite the same.

Or maybe brandy and ginger ale aren't meant for one another?  I can hardly believe that as a Brandy Buck was quite a popular drink during it's heyday (before gin started to poach bartenders to it's side).  I'd be interested to hear what the readers think.

Next time I will try Camus VS Cognac.

Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Landy VS Cognac, lemon juice and homemade ginger beer. 7/16/2012

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