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Bartender’s Whim – The Irish Buck

Part of our drinks menu at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro includes a bit of a mystery item – the Bartender’s Whim.  The Bartender’s Whim is really a way to let the incredible bartenders at the Bistro experiment with fun cocktails and twists on drinks that change a bit more regularly than the rest of our drinks menu.  This month, I’m the lucky creator of the Bartender’s Whim, the Irish Buck.

Smirnoff Vodka saw a marketing opportunity back in the day and created a drink they called the Moscow mule.  It was developed as a way to move Smirnoff product more quickly, but was actually a play on an older type of drink called a “buck.”  The term mule eventually became the norm, but a buck or mule is any drink that contains citrus and ginger beer!  Our Bartender’s Whim this week is a revival of the original Irish Buck.  Read below to learn how to make it yourself or stop by to enjoy one with us!

Bartender pouring drink
Irish Buck cocktail


  • 3 oz West Cork Irish Whisky
  • 2 oz peach puree
  • Dash of fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz ginger beer
  • Sage to garnish

Shake Irish Whisky, peach puree, and lime juice on ice. Top with ginger beer, garnish with sage, and enjoy!

Bartender puts final garnish on Irish Buck cocktail
Joe McHale

Joe McHale

Bar Manager