Shanghai Buck Cocktail

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

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.

Yield: Serves 2
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Recipe Time

Total: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 12mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 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


  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.
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