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Shanghai Buck Cocktail

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 10 mins
Yield Serves 2
Billy Ngo, now chef at Kru, a Japanese restaurant in Sacramento, shared this recipe inspired by his previous restaurant, Red Lotus. Skip the rum, and you've got a good virgin option.


  • 4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon aromatic bitters such as Angostura
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup light rum (optional)
  • 12 ounces ginger beer

Nutrition Information

  • calories 260
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • protein 0.1 g
  • fat 0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • sodium 12 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put 2 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. bitters, and 1 tsp. juice into each of 2 tall cocktail glasses. Fill both glasses with ice. Add rum (if using), dividing evenly, and top each glass with ginger beer.

  2. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Kru, Sacramento, California