Irish Buck Recipe

The Irish Buck is a delightful blend that sings of tradition with a twist. At its core, Irish whiskey, enriched with the zesty tang of freshly squeezed lemon juice, the soothing sweetness of honey, and the spicy fizz of ginger beer. Crowned with a basil sprig, this cocktail is a harmonious melody of flavors, each sip a celebration of its heritage.

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Irish Buck

Similar to a whiskey ginger, the Irish Buck is the Irish whiskey version of the classic ginger ale + citrus + spirit cocktail.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Irish Buck
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 120 kcal



  1. In a shaker, combine Irish whiskey, lemon juice, and honey with ice. Shake until well chilled.

  2. Strain the mixture into an ice-filled glass.

  3. Top with ginger beer, gently stirring to combine.

  4. Garnish with a fresh basil sprig.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Buck
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


How did the Irish Buck get its name?

The “Buck” in Irish Buck refers to a family of drinks that combine ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus, and a spirit. The term likely originates from the older name “Horse’s Neck,” which was initially a non-alcoholic beverage but later included a spirit, usually brandy or whiskey. When Irish whiskey is used, the drink adopts the “Irish” moniker, thus Irish Buck.

Difference between Irish Buck and Whiskey Ginger?

The Irish Buck and Whiskey Ginger are similar, both highlighting the warmth of whiskey with the spice of ginger. However, the Irish Buck is more complex, incorporating lemon juice and honey, adding a fresh tartness and a smooth sweetness, which the straightforward Whiskey Ginger—merely whiskey and ginger ale or beer—lacks.

What’s the difference between a buck and a mule?

Both Bucks and Mules are cocktails that include ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and a spirit. The main difference lies in the specific spirit used and the presentation. Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug and often associated with vodka, as in the Moscow Mule. Bucks, on the other hand, can feature any spirit and are usually served in a standard highball glass. The Irish Buck is part of the Buck family, featuring Irish whiskey as its spirit base.

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