Apple Buck

The ‘buck’ family of cocktails encompasses those that include either ginger ale or ginger beer as a mixer. They got their name when whiskey was added to a Horse’s Neck to give a ‘kick.’ The same derivation gives us ‘mules,’ including the popular Moscow Mule.

Thew Apple Buck was invented by British cocktail impresario Wayne Collins. Collins began his career behind the bar when he saw Tom Cruise in the 1988 film Cocktail. Collins mused:

“I could do that – go to New York, sling whisky and wink at the girls.”

Collins has been so successful that he now consults for film premieres and the BAFTAS, and has been responsible for training countless bar staff all over the world.

Apple Buck

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By Wayne Collins Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 50ml calvados
  • 15ml sour apple liqueur
  • 30ml apple juice
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Ginger ale to top



Shake the first four ingredient with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball. Top with ginger ale and garnish with an apple fan.

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