Merry Berry Buck

Bring a smile to someone’s face with this joyful blend of sweet, sour, tart and spice. Cold, colorful and batch-ready, the Merry Berry Buck is just right for the holidays.


  • 1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 3/4 part lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 parts cranberry juice
  • Cold ginger beer
  • Fresh cranberries and lemon wheel for garnish
Pro Tips
Adapts nicely into a punch. Simply use an ice-filled bowl or large container instead of a shaker and stir. Increase ingredients by equal amounts, adding one part water per five parts Maker’s®. Add ginger beer to each glass just before serving.
When cheersing with a nondrinker, these ingredients can be adapted into a delightful holiday mocktail. Just leave out the Maker’s®, of course.
Avoid adding fizzy ingredients, like soda and sparkling wine, to your cocktail shaker. These are best poured into your glass as a finisher, just before serving.
A little stir is fine, but overdoing it can decrease the effervescence of your sodas and sparkling wines.

How to

  1. Add Maker’s, lemon and cranberry juice to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a highball glass over ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a lemon wheel.

THE BUCK STARTS HERE History of the Merry Berry Buck

A Buck cocktail typically combines ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus and the spirit of your choice – originally whisky. The exact history of this bourbon cocktail is a little difficult to trace, but the Buck is believed to have gotten its name when someone added a kick (that is, a shot of whisky) to the previously nonalcoholic “Horse’s Neck” (ginger ale with lemon). Variations include the Horse’s Collar which uses brandy, the Moscow Mule (vodka) and the Dark and Stormy (dark rum). These all have their place, but the Buck that makes us most merry includes Maker’s Mark.

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