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The Cider Press: Buck Cocktails

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[Photograph: Christopher Lehault]

Traditionally, a buck cocktail (also known as a mule) involves ginger ale and lemon juice mixed with liquor and served in a highball glass. With all that soda, however, bucks tend to be a bit on the sweet side and I have difficulty drinking more than one. But the buck is a great candidate for updating with a splash of good hard cider.

Cider retains the carbonation level and flavor density while reducing the density of sugar in the cocktail. Ginger and cider are a natural flavor pairing; the spiciness of the ginger balances with the tart character of the cider. The result is a much drier, much more drinkable cocktail.

Here are two tasty cider-focused variations of the buck. The Young Buck is a refreshing summer afternoon drink with a dash of hibiscus syrup for a tart, floral character. The Uncle Buck is more rustic and spicy, due to the addition of rye, cider molasses, and allspice dram. 

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The Young Buck »
The Uncle Buck »

About the author: Christopher Lehault is a New Jersey-based cider journalist, craft beer documentarian, and home brewer. Follow his cider adventures on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

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