"Bucks" are a family of drinks that consist of ginger beer plus a spirit and citrus—a category that includes this fruity refresher as well as the classic Moscow Mule. There are plenty of good ginger beers on the market, but our favorite is one made from scratch using soda water and a syrup infused with ginger and black pepper.
The Saint. This white wine–based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York's Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda. A second sip plants you squarely into fall: homemade ginger syrup adds warming, deep spice and vermouth a complex, honey-tinged backbone.