The Celtic Buck

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dotw logoA “Buck” is a cocktail made with ginger ale, lemon or lime juice and a base spirit. This variation is made with Scotch whisky.



  • ¼ cup scotch
  • 1 oz pear nectar
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 ½ ounces ginger ale
  • 3 slices pear and 1 stick cinnamon (for garnish)


In cocktail shaker, combine Scotch, pear nectar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon allspice syrup. Fill with ice and shake 20 seconds. Strain drink into tall glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale.

For allspice syrup:
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Make allspice syrup:
In medium saucepan over moderately high heat, combine 2 cups water and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil, then stir in allspice. Remove from heat and let stand 45 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve. (Syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated, tightly covered, up to 3 weeks.)

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