Brown Derby Cocktail | Bourbon Drink Recipes


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So this classic Bourbon drink recipe dates all the way back to the 1930s. It may share the name of a famous hat, but the drink was actually named after a restaurant that was shaped like a Derby hat. The building still stands today despite the restaurant being closed. This drink is one that features a strong alcohol flavor so make sure you don’t mind a little kick to the drink if you try this one out.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the drink:

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice (Fresh is preferred)
  • 1/2 oz Honey Syrup (1:1 Ratio)
  • Grapefruit peel for garnish

Ok so in order to make the Honey Syrup you simply take 1 part of honey and add in 1 part of hot water. Stir it together and let it cool down. There ya go.

Once you have your syrup ready it’s time to make the drink.

  1. Chill a cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Put all ingredients except garnish into a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Twist the Grapefruit peel over the cocktail to release the oils.
  5. Put the Grapefruit twist into the drink.

As I said already, this one is strong so if you don’t really like alcohol much you may want to start off a little more mild. Remember, back in the day drinks featured more balance and featured the alcohol more prominently than most drinks we see today.

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