What do you do with white rum this time of year? One satisfactory way to plow through a bottle is to make a time-honored one, the New Orleans Buck. Recipe:
1 1/2 oz light rum (4.5 cl, 3/8 gills)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
1/2 oz orange juice (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
2 dashes Peychaud bitters
Add lime wheel
Serve in a highball glass (9.0 oz)
The concoction comes out the color of a pale coral reef.
The New Orleans Buck appears in many old bartender guides, including Thomas Mario’s Playboy Bartender’s Guide. Other recipes call for ginger ale or club soda, and some even for dark rum. Many call for no bitters at all. We favor the light rum with the orange and the lime and Peychaud’s.