April 6, 2010 (Day 66) — Summer Buck
The wind is howling like some sort of pithy simile this evening. There’s even talk of some thunderclouds rolling through town. However, I’ve just spent the entire day in an office that was a good 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the building with no windows. So, I’m calling for a summer drink on this sunny spring day.
And to you 32 MPH winds? Funk you.
So, after taking a hard run in the hard wind, what better way than to cool down than with a Summer Buck? This drink comes “Raising the Bar: better drinks better entertaining” by Nick Mautone.
Bucks are basically gin and ginger ale with lots of fruit added. This version uses ripe mangoes, but you can use papaya, any melon, or citrus fruit instead.
The mango is killer though. But, here’s the Summer Buck:
Ice for serving
1 ripe mango
1 lemon (quartered)
2 oz gin
4 oz ginger ale
Peel the mango and cut the flesh into 1/2-inch cubes, discarding the hard pit.
Fill the highball glass halfway with ice. Place a generous amount of mango, then fill the rest of the way with ice. One dash of bitters, in the glass, then twist the lemon over the top and place the lemon in the glass.
Add gin, top with with ginger ale. Serve.
This. Is. Excellent. It’s very clean, very crisp and very dangerous. The gin and ginger ale are very cooling. And then, once you’ve finished your drink, you get to partake in some gin-soaked mango. Delicious, delicious, gin-soaked mango.
This is a great summer drink. I’m looking forward to busting this out for a summer BBQ.