Bucks refer to drinks that combine lime and ginger beer, so a dark and stormy with lime is an example of a buck. In this version, I introduced aromatic bitters and homemade hibiscus syrup for extra flavor and a blush of color. Add your choice of garnish, such as a lime twist or a fresh hibiscus flower. Serve with a straw.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 drink
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine rum, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, and bitters in a highball glass. Add enough ice to bring liquid volume up halfway; stir to combine. Top mixture with ginger beer.

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Tips

The magazine version of this recipe is prepared in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Cook's Note:

To make hibiscus syrup: Bring 2 cups water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup hibiscus flowers, 1/4 cup brown sugar, a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, and the zest of 1 lemon to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until sugars dissolve, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture steep, about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing mixture to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 26.3g 9% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 3.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2020
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2019
This was my first ever taste of hibiscus, and it was such a fun and surprising addition to the drink. A little sweet, a little sour, and very pretty to look at! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2019
This is tart, tangy, and delicious! And the color is so pretty. The syrup is really easy to make, too. If you can brew tea, you can make hibiscus syrup! Look for dried edible hibiscus leaves (flor de jamaica or flowers of Jamaica or hibiscus tea) online, in a Mexican/Caribbean market, or the Latin/Caribbean section of well-stocked grocery stores. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2020
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2019
I wanted to use up my ginger beer but was tired of Moscow mules. I'm so glad I found this recipe! It's not too sweet and not too tart. It's perfect! Read More