Kentucky Buck Recipe

kentucky buck A riff on a classic Whiskey Buck cocktail, the Kentucky Buck (the creation of bartender Erick Castro) combines muddled strawberries with bourbon, citrus, bitters and ginger beer for a cocktail that’s simple to make, but even easier to drink. It’s also a cocktail we think has true staying power, so much so, that we named it one of 10 modern classics in our May/June 2014 issue. Mix one up and find out for yourself why it made the cut.

2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 medium strawberry
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Chilled ginger beer
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon wheel

Place the strawberry in a shaker and muddle. Add remaining ingredients (except ginger beer) and shake with ice. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass, top with ginger beer and garnish.

Erick Castro