But every great cocktail deserves an equally impressive partner, and in the Kentucky Buck, that role is fulfilled by none other than fresh-made ginger syrup.

a year ago

Last week I  started a new series on cocktails that I have found on Tik Tok.

This weeks cocktail is from @notjustabartender. I really like this guys style and he always gives great suggestions

Without furter ado...Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round as I take you on a journey through the hallowed halls of Kentucky bourbon and the refreshing embrace of the legendary Kentucky Buck Cocktail. Picture yourself on a warm summer's day, seeking respite from the scorching sun, as you indulge in the harmonious marriage of flavors crafted with care and passion.

Now, my friends, let me introduce you to a key player in this symphony of taste: Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon. It is no mere spirit, but a testament to the rich heritage of distilling that runs deep in the veins of the Bluegrass State. This Bourbon, aged for at least four years, boasts a robust character, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak that dance upon the palate like a masterful tune.

But every great cocktail deserves an equally impressive partner, and in the Kentucky Buck, that role is fulfilled by none other than fresh-made ginger syrup. Imagine the zing of ginger mingling with the warmth of the Bourbon, creating a harmony that tingles your senses and awakens your taste buds. This homemade ginger syrup, crafted with precision, adds a touch of sweetness and a spicy kick that elevates the cocktail to new heights.

And what's a summer sipper without the vibrant allure of fresh strawberries and the earthy aroma of basil? These ingredients, plucked at the peak of their freshness, contribute a symphony of flavors to the Kentucky Buck. The juicy sweetness of the strawberries mingles with the herbal notes of basil, lending a captivating dimension to each sip. As you take that first sip, allow yourself to be transported to a field of ripe berries and fragrant basil leaves, evoking memories of summer's bounty.

Now, to complete this cocktail masterpiece, we introduce Q Ginger beer, an effervescent elixir that possesses a distinct character. With its clean and crisp flavor profile, Q Ginger beer adds a delightful effervescence to the Kentucky Buck, lifting the spirits and bringing a refreshing quality to the drink. Its carefully crafted balance of carbonation and subtle bitterness ensures that each sip leaves you yearning for the next.

As you raise your glass, take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry behind the Kentucky Buck. Like a master distiller, you, my friends, have assembled the finest ingredients, each playing its part to create a symphony of flavors that dance across your palate. It is a tribute to the legacy of Kentucky bourbon, the creative flair of mixology, and the sheer pleasure of indulging in a thoughtfully crafted cocktail.

So, my fellow aficionados of libations, embrace the Kentucky Buck with all your senses. Savor the boldness of Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon, the fiery allure of fresh ginger syrup, the lusciousness of ripe strawberries and aromatic basil, and the invigorating effervescence of Q Ginger beer. Let this cocktail transport you to the heart of the Bluegrass State, where the legacy of bourbon flows through the land, and the Kentucky Buck reigns supreme as the embodiment of refreshment and refinement.

Cheers, my friends, to the art of cocktail craftsmanship, to the joy of Kentucky bourbon, and to the timeless tradition of raising a glass in good company.

Kentucky Buck


-2 oz Bourbon
-1 oz Lemon Juice
-.5 oz Ginger Syrup
-2-3 Fresh Strawberries
-2-3 Fresh Basil leaves - slapped like a bad girl
-Top with Q Ginger Beer


-Basil leaf


Add Strawberries, Lemon Juice and Ginger Syrup to Cocktail shaker
Lightly Muddle Strawberries
Add bourbon
Dry Shake 8-10 Seconds
Add ice cubes to glass
Double Strain into glass
Top with Ginger Beer Note: Try to not pour the ginger beer onto ice cubes to preserve carbonation.
Garnish with Basil leaf and a Strawberry with toothpicks and place at the edge of the glass.

To make the ginger syrup Make a simple syrup and put in fresh ginger and let steep for for at least 30 minutes

As always I am open to hear your take and your input. You can reach me at [email protected]

Brian Certain

Published a year ago