Texas Raspberry Buck


Texas Raspberry Buck

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The Texas Raspberry Buck came together from four separate, but welcome events. The first two were a gifted bottle of Texas whiskey and some fresh, ripe raspberries. That naturally, led me to infuse the whiskey! It was delicious both neat and on the rocks, but my inner voice nagged at me to do something more.

I longed for a cocktail with complementary components that harmonized with the raspberry whiskey. Then I spied a mule mug on the kitchen counter. A recent trip to Kentucky ended with a care package from another friend, full of marketing materials from a favorite distiller. The mule mug was mixed in there and I had forgotten to put it away. It was the third event that gave me the inspiration to riff on an old standby – the Moscow Mule.

Is It a Mule or a Buck?

Technically, a Buck is any spirit combined with citrus juice and ginger ale or ginger beer. Mule is the more popular name because of its association with the famous vodka cocktail, but I’m not using vodka.

The Late Summer

Our warm and dry late summer evenings were the final gift. The great weather doesn’t happen every year and that makes it extra special, spurring me to create my new cocktail.  Substituting the infused whiskey into a traditional mule created a fantastic, refreshing drink to match the weather.


  • Author: TJ
  • Yield: 1 1x



Texas Raspberry Buck

  • 2 oz raspberry infused whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wheel – garnish
  • Mint sprig – garnish
  • Short straw
  • Mule mug

Raspberry Infused Whiskey

Consult my Guide to Infused Spirits for more Information

  • 750 ml good rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 carton fresh raspberries


Texas Raspberry Buck

  1. Fill a mule mug with crushed ice
  2. Squeeze half a fresh lime into the mug, about a half ounce of juice
  3. Pour over 2 ounces of raspberry infused whiskey
  4. Top off with more crushed ice
  5. Pour over the ginger beer
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint
  7. Add a short straw and stir briefly

Texas raspberry Buck side Raspberry Buck top

Raspberry Infused Whiskey

Raspberry Infused WhiskeyRaspberry infusion

Check out my guide to infused spirits for more info.

  1. Place the raspberries in a glass, sealable container large enough to hold the berries and whiskey
  2. Gently mash the berries enough to break the skins and make them weep
  3. Pour over the whiskey and seal the container
  4. Rest in a cool dark place
  5. Turn and shake the jar after 24 hours
  6. Taste after 48 hours, then decant and strain with a coffee filter to remove any solids
  7. Store in a sealable container and refrigerate until ready to use