Laughing Buddha

Duggan McDonnell, Cantina | San Francisco, CA

This Californian buck-like cooler has long been the most popular cocktail at San Francisco’s Cantina.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces citron vodka (Hangar One or Charbay)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Five Spice Agave Nectar
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • 3 pieces ginger
  • 3 slices serrano chile pepper (to taste)

Garnish: fresh slice of ginger

  1. In a mixing pint, muddle a few pieces of freshly diced ginger and a few slices of a serrano chile (to taste).
  2. Add vodka, lime juice and agave nectar.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain the contents into an ice-filled highball glass, while simultaneously pouring ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a fresh slice of ginger, and smile.