September 18, 2007

Gin Buck

I like delicious drinks. I like easy drinks. And I like gin.

I was talking to my colleague Arden the other day and she let slip her favorite drink. Coincidentally, it involves two of my all-time favorite ingredients: gin and ginger ale. That’s it — gin and ginger ale.It’s like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of gin drinks. A highball glass with ice cubes, a shot of your favorite everyday gin1, and top off with ginger ale.

I love ginger ale; I have ever since I was a kid. And I like gin. I have no idea why I’ve never tried the combination. But perhaps I had and I don’t remember. It’s smoother than a gin and tonic, but then I like the bite of a G&T. SO I was glad I ran into this recipe:

Gin Buck
  • Highball glass
  • A few ice cubes
  • Shot of gin
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Top off with ginger ale (or diet ginger ale)

I like this. The lemon brings a little refreshing bite back to the drink.

And I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. I don’t usually have Limonata around the house to make Pimm’s Cup. I bet you could make a passable substitute with either tonic or ginger ale, and half a lemon or so. That plus a shot of Pimm’s over ice… but I digress.

The Gin Buck ought to appeal to any fans of the Gin and Tonic. I used lemon juice from concentrate and it was still good. If you tend to have lemon juice and ginger ale in the house and you run out of tonic, turn to the simple yet noble Gin Buck to quench your thirst.

1 If you drink gin, you ought to know what your everyday gin is. Mine is Seagram’s. What am I saying? Of course you have an everyday gin.

Posted by James at September 18, 2007 9:34 PM
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Bombay Sapphire. The gin I always have, that is. And that drink sounds great - I'll try it the next time I have guests over. Thanks!

Posted by: Cindy at September 19, 2007 12:20 AM

Seagram's here as well. Hendricks when I go premium or have a spare cucumber around. By the way Hendricks gimlet. Yum.

BTW - You're drink would be better if you actually put some gin in it.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 19, 2007 8:01 AM


So many different kinds, so much to like.

I am saddened that Bols genever gin is not available in NE (we found this out with the help of a nice guy at Kappy's who invited us into his office while we searched his supplier database). On my next trip outside NE, I will be sure to look for it.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 19, 2007 8:43 AM

Some Temperance hacker must have removed the gin from my post. I have added it back in. Thanks!

Posted by: James at September 19, 2007 9:01 AM

Temperance hacker? I love it!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 19, 2007 9:07 AM

I used to be a big Beefeaters fan, courtesy of my dad. Lately, I've moved to vodka. Appletinis with vodka are my preferred libation for relation. And, I almost ALWAYS have at least one bottle of tonic in the house, several limes, and a bottle of actual lime juice. You can never be too safe on the lime front.

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