Try a Blackberry Buck Cocktail this season! Delightful, fruit-inspired cocktails are more than welcome right about now. Made with bourbon, lemon juice, ginger beer and blackberries, I have a feeling you’ll love this drink.
The warm weather has us lounging in the sun in the backyard, cooking out, and enjoying the bounty of fresh fruit. Seasonal fruit is perfect to make a fruity drink like this Blackberry Buck Cocktail! I posted this recipe a few years ago, and I’m still loving it!
Have you ever had a buck? I learned 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. 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. It was my husband’s idea to whip up this homemade version after trying it at a fabulous restaurant a few years back.
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.
During the summer season and all the fruit that comes with it, I hope you’ll give this drink a go! It’s perfect for lounging poolside if you can, or for sipping out on the patio.
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Yields 2, 12-ounce drinks
5 based on 3 review(s)
- 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)