It’s getting to be that time of year when a delightful, fruit-inspired cocktail is more than welcome. Made with bourbon, lemon juice, ginger beer and blackberries, I have a feeling you’ll love this Blackberry Buck Cocktail.
As the warm weather approaches there are so many things to look forward to: lounging in the sun, vacations, cookouts, and the bounty of fresh fruit…ahhhh! I can’t wait to put fresh fruit to good use in fun and fruity cocktails like this one!
Have you ever had a buck? I learned this weekend that a buck cocktail is one that includes either ginger ale or ginger beer, and citrus juice. You might also know this type of drink as a mule (they’re everywhere!). Both are old-school names for the same type of drink.
The ginger in this bourbon-based drink adds the fizz and the zing, and the lemon juice gives it the tart flavor. And those blackberries? Well, they add that pretty color and a touch of the season’s sweetness.
If fruit-filled cocktails are your jam, try my Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha. Did you know the caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil? It’s delicious, and it’s so fun to say, once you know how to pronounce it!
Another favorite of mine (and Grab a Plate readers) is my tequila-based Paloma Cocktail. This grapefruit-flavored drink could not be better, especially during the summer.
But let’s get back to this blackberry buck cocktail. This is my version of one that I had last weekend when my husband and I were out for dinner. Actually, my hubs ordered this drink for himself, but I preferred it to mine so I got more than my fair share!
It was his idea to whip up our own version at home, and I have a sneaking suspicion that he came up with the idea so he could enjoy an entire drink without sharing. Hmm…what do you think?
This is a simple drink that calls for just a few ingredients. You could make it using pretty much any fresh fruit, but I think the blackberries add such a pretty color to this cocktail. I’m sure blueberries would do the trick as a delicious and colorful stand in.
Heading into summer season and all the fun that goes along with it, I hope you’ll give this drink a go! It’s perfect for picnics, parties, and lounging poolside or on the patio.
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Yields 2, 12-ounce drinks
- 6 blackberries, divided
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar, divided
- 1.5 ounces lemon juice, divided
- 3 ounces bourbon
- Fill glass with ice
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle ginger beer, divided
- Optional: fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Add two blackberries to each 12-ounce glass. Divide the powdered sugar and add to each glass. Muddle the berries and powdered sugar in the glasses.
- Divide the lemon juice and Bourbon between the two glasses. Fill both with ice and top with the ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lemon slice, blackberry, and fresh mint leaves (optional)