The best cocktail I’ve ever discovered at a dog park

by Justin D'Olier on December 20, 2010 | Comments Off on The best cocktail I’ve ever discovered at a dog park |

I discovered my new favorite drink at the KCC dog park. Well, technically, The Wine Pixie encountered the drink there and shared it with me when she returned home, however, the origins of the beverage – at least, our family’s introduction to it – trace their origins to the KCC canine meeting grounds.

Typically, The Wine Pixie socializes with friends over coffee but a particularly rough morning called for a more fortified beverage. Thus began our introduction to the Gin Buck.

The Wine Pixie introduced the beverage to me as her friend introduced it to her, as a “gin and ginger ale with lemon juice”. Upon first sip, we knew we’d stumbled upon something of historical significance, but it wasn’t until further research that we realized the extent of it’s historical roots.


A reason to drink gin outside of a martini? Hoo-ray!

Initially, I dubbed the drink an “Orange Creamsicle”, but a quick Google search indicated that the drink is called a Gin Buck and dates back to the late 1800’s. A “Buck” is a classic, somewhat open-ended, cocktail that combines a liquor base with lemon or lime juice, topped with ginger ale. It is as simple as it is delicious. As flavorful as it is refreshing. It tastes like a sparkling, liquified creamsicle – hence my original name suggestion – and works equally well as a single cocktail or a punch. I imagine it would fare well with vodka or rum, but the floral quality of gin pairs excellently with the spice heavy ginger ale. Lemon and lime versions are equally delicious and, surprisingly, neither dominate the lovely marriage of gin and ginger ale.

I’ve shared the drink with a few friends, each of whom has described the beverage as overwhelmingly “refreshing”. It’s a little out of season for a light summer cocktail but the drink was such a revelation that I had to share. It deserves a spot in your regular drink rotation and fits in perfectly at a birthday party, box social, or a dog park.

The Gin Buck

1 1/2 ounce gin
Juice from 1/4 lemon
6 ounces ginger ale

Instructions: Fill a highball with ice. Pour in gin and lemon juice. Top with ginger ale. Serve and enjoy.

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