Brazilian Buck Cocktail Drink

Brazilian Buck

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a fun cocktail? Try making this Brazilian Buck recipe! It’s an easy-to-make drink filled with thrilling ingredients.

Brazilian Buck Recipe

Get into the spirit of celebration with this straightforward Brazilian Buck recipe! Cachaça, ginger beer, and lime juice make for a refreshing cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

192 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Cachaça: Pour 2 oz Cachaça over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top the glass with about 3 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel on top or into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cachaça: If you can't find cachaça, white rum is a good substitute as it has a similar flavor profile. I've also used vodka when I'm out of cachaça and rum, but it changes the taste quite a bit.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used instead of lime juice. It gives a slightly different, but still delicious, citrusy tang.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still adds that ginger kick.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cachaça Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic rum's flavors.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular cachaça, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Brazilian Buck is already vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products. Just always check the brands you use because some producers may use animal-derived ingredients during production.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
192
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
17
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Brazilian Buck Cocktail Drink

Brazilian Buck Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get into the spirit of celebration with this straightforward Brazilian Buck recipe! Cachaça, ginger beer, and lime juice make for a refreshing cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 192

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Cachaça: Pour 2 oz Cachaça over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top the glass with about 3 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel on top or into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cachaça: If you can't find cachaça, white rum is a good substitute as it has a similar flavor profile. I've also used vodka when I'm out of cachaça and rum, but it changes the taste quite a bit.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used instead of lime juice. It gives a slightly different, but still delicious, citrusy tang.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still adds that ginger kick.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cachaça Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic rum's flavors.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular cachaça, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Brazilian Buck is already vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products. Just always check the brands you use because some producers may use animal-derived ingredients during production.

What is a Brazilian Buck?

A Brazilian Buck is a spirit-based cocktail made of cachaça, lime juice, and ginger beer. This drink isn’t complicated to make as it only requires the ingredients to be combined in a glass filled with ice and stirred gently. The Brazilian Buck is a variant of the classic Moscow Mule but uses cachaça – a popular spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice native to Brazil – instead of vodka. An exciting aspect of this cocktail is its versatility; you can adjust the proportions according to your taste preference, making it an excellent choice for those who enjoy experimenting with cocktails.

A side shot of a Brazilian Buck cocktail in a highball glass on a turquoise tray surrounded by a bowl with lime pieces, a jigger and a bar spoon

What is a Brazilian Buck made of – The ingredients

Get ready to make your Brazilian Buck with these ingredients:

  • Cachaça: This is the primary alcohol in a Brazilian Buck. It’s a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, providing the cocktail with its distinctive sweet and robust flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy citrus element to the drink, balancing the sweetness of the cachaça and ginger beer.
  • Ginger Beer: This beverage gives the Brazilian Buck its characteristic fizz and spicy kick. It also adds a layer of complexity to the cocktail’s flavor profile.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice cubes are essential for chilling the cocktail, ensuring it’s served at an optimal temperature for maximum enjoyment.

Cachaça, lime juice, ginger beer, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Brazilian Buck?

Use our guide to easily navigate through the process of making a Brazilian Buck:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes.

2
<p>Measure and pour with ½ ounce of fresh lime juice into the glass.</p>

Measure and pour with ½ ounce of fresh lime juice into the glass.

3
<p>Follow with 2 ounces of cachaça.</p>

Follow with 2 ounces of cachaça.

4
<p>Top up your glass with ginger beer.</p>

Top up your glass with ginger beer.

5
<p>Use a bar spoon to gently stir your drink.</p>

Use a bar spoon to gently stir your drink.

6
<p>Garnish with a lime wheel and serve immediately.</p>

Garnish with a lime wheel and serve immediately.

History and Origin of the Brazilian Buck

The Brazilian Buck cocktail has a fun story behind it. It comes from Brazil, a country famous for its lively culture, music, dance, and unique drinks.

Cachaça, a unique Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane juice, is the main ingredient in this cocktail. Portuguese settlers started growing sugarcane in Brazil in the 16th century. Over time, people living there began to play around with this spirit and created different cocktails. The Brazilian Buck was one of them.

The word ‘Buck’ in the name comes from a type of drink that mixes a spirit, ginger ale or beer, and citrus. You might have heard of the Moscow Mule – it’s probably the most well-known buck. But for the Brazilian Buck, instead of vodka like in the Moscow Mule, we use Cachaça.

A Brazilian Buck cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Cachaça, lime juice, ginger beer, and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Brazilian Buckdrink?
A standard serving of the Brazilian Buck Drink contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is the Brazilian Buckdrink?
The strength of the Brazilian Buckdrink can vary based on the ratio of alcohol to other ingredients. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 10-15%, translating to 20-30 proof. This makes it a moderately light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brazilian Buckdrink?
The primary alcohol used in a Brazilian Buckdrink is Cachaça, a popular spirit from Brazil made from fermented sugarcane juice. It's known for its distinct flavor profile that adds depth to the cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Brazilian Buckdrink served?
Traditionally, a Brazilian Buckdrink is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of ice and mixers, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
What does a Brazilian Buckdrink taste like?
A Brazilian Buckdrink offers a unique blend of flavors. The Cachaça provides a robust base, while lime juice adds a refreshing citrus tang. The ginger beer gives it a spicy kick and effervescence that balances the sweetness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Brazilian Buckdrink?
The typical ratio for a Brazilian Buckdrink is 2 parts Cachaça, 1/2 part lime juice, and 3 parts ginger beer. This creates a balanced cocktail that isn't too sweet or too strong.
How is the Brazilian Buck drink served with ice?
The Brazilian Buck Drink is usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This helps to chill the drink and dilute it slightly, making it more refreshing and enjoyable.

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