Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Habu’s Neck aka Shochu Buck

Nankai Gold Shochu Buck Cocktail
Nankai Gold Shochu Buck Cocktail
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Habu’s Neck aka Shochu Buck

A recipe adapted by Gersom Gamez based on a traditional buck cocktail, the Habu's Neck features Nankai Gold cask-finished shochu, ginger beer, and pomelo juice.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail, Japanese
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: buck, ginger beer, nankai gold, Shochu cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 140kcal


  • 1.5 oz Nankai Gold
  • 0.5 oz Pomelo Juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1 peel Pomelo Skin


  • Combine Nankai Gold and pomelo juice over ice.
    1.5 oz Nankai Gold, 0.5 oz Pomelo Juice
  • Stir.
  • Top with ginger beer.
    4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with a long pomelo peel.
    1 peel Pomelo Skin


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sugar: 21g

The Habu’s Neck, also known as the Shochu Buck, is a twist on a classic buck cocktail recipe adapted by Gersom Gamez. This recipe is easy to prepare and thus enjoy at home. The tartness of the pomelo juice balances with the spice and sweetness of the ginger beer. Both complement the complex notes of Nankai Gold premium blended shochu.

Nankai Gold Shochu Buck Cocktail

What’s a Buck Cocktail?

A buck is a cocktail that contains ginger beer or ginger ale, citrus, and some kind of spirit. It was originally a ginger ale and lemon juice drink called a “Horse’s Neck.” Someone added whiskey to the concoction, giving it a kick, and hence was renamed a “buck.”

The most popular form of a buck is the Moscow Mule, which features vodka. For this reason, bucks are more commonly called “mules”

Why is it called Habu’s Neck?

The Habu’s Neck is a play on the original “Horse’s Neck” name. And, because it uses kokuto shochu from Amami Island where Habu pit viper snakes are famous, “horse” was replaced with “Habu.” The long green pomelo peel also resembles a Habu viper.

The Habu’s Neck is simple to make and enjoy at home, making it a popular choice for new shochu drinkers. If you like this recipe, you may also like these: