A Bucks Fizz is an alcoholic drink.
- orange juice
- chilled Brut champagne
- dash of grenadine
- Fill a champagne glass 1/3 full of orange juice.
- Top with champagne and a dash of grenadine.
The drink is named after London's Buck's Club where it was first served in 1921.
The Buck's Fizz is the English version of the more American Mimosa. Both drinks are usually served at brunch.
Note: Although the recipe given here, with grenadine, may be the original usage, most British people will understand 'Buck's Fizz' to refer to a mixture of orange juice and champagne; i.e. it is the usual British term for what Americans would call a 'Mimosa'.
See also: List of cocktails
Bucks Fizz are a British pop group, formed in 1981 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. They won with Making Your Mind Up and went on to have a successful pop career.
The initial group members were Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker, Bobby G (or Gee, actually Gubby) and Mike Nolan, the classic 'two male - two female' Eurovision line-up established by Abba. Already experienced singers they were gathered together by producer/writing combo Nichola Martin and Andy Hill. The group were quick to build on their Eurovision success, Making Your Mind Up was their first Number One in March 1981 and they followed up with two Top Twenty singles and a further Number One in November 1981 with The Land Of Make Believe and also an eponymously-titled album. In 1982 the group had their final Number One in March with My Camera Never Lies and their output of singles slowed as they concentrated on touring, their last Top 50 hit came in 1986, A New Beginning (Mamba Seyra).
In December 1984 the group's tour bus crashed and Nolan was badly injured. In 1985 Aston left and was replaced by Shelley Preston, she left in 1989 and the group decided to continue as a trio. Baker, with some successful television work, left in 1993 and the 'female space' was filled by Heidi Manton and Amanda Szwarc. Nolan left in 1996 and David Van Day, ex-Dollar, succeeded him for a while before being supplanted by Graham Crisp and then Wayne Chinnery. Gee married Heidi Manton in 1999. Amanda Szwarc was replaced by Louise Hart and she by Nikki Winters.
The feud and legal battles between Bobby Gee and David Van Day as to who owned the name "Bucks Fizz" was the subject of a BBC television documentary. The band are named after the cocktail. Now in 2004 Bucks Fizz are reuniting with a line up of Cheryl, Bobby, Mike and Shelly and will be a part of the here and now tour 2004.