This is one of those fun cocktails that has no qualms or questions about its origin: it was first served in 1921 by a highly-respected bartender by the name of Malachy McGarry. The reason that it is named a Buck’s Fizz is after the place it was invented, which was London’s Buck’s Club, established by a Captain H.J. Buckmaster as an alternative to the stuffy environment of more elegant gentleman’s clubs around the city.
The explanation for the drink is straightforward if not humorous: it was simply created as an excuse to drink earlier in the day. In fact, the original Buck’s Club recipe is shrouded in secrecy, and is said to include ingredients only known by its bartenders. Although it is extremely similar in nature, it is actually the predecessor of the mimosa, which evolved to become a more popular drink, mainly because it was a less strong version and became a better choice as a drink to accompany brunch. However, the mimosa would not have been possible if it wasn’t for The Buck’s Fizz.
- 2 parts of champagne
- 1 part of orange juice
- Pour the orange juice into the champagne flute.
- Top off the orange juice with the champagne.
- Stir gently.
- Champagne flute
This cocktail certainly doesn’t need a garnish of any sort, but many people choose to utilize one. The main difference between the mimosa and the Buck’s Fizz is that the mimosa is equal parts champagne and orange juice, while the Buck’s Fizz contains twice as much champagne as orange juice. Since orange juice is normally associated with breakfast, it is easy to see how the it became an elegant way to simply start drinking earlier than usual. This, of course, fit the theme of the Buck’s Club, which was meant to be a more comfortable setting for gentlemen to gather. The Buck’s Club has many notable members that went on to be influential in British business, sport, and other fields. Raise a toast to Buck’s Club for creating the perfect excuse to drink a little earlier than usual – the Buck’s Fizz!