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Brown Derby

brown derby cocktail
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The classic bourbon Brown Derby cocktail is named for the eponymous hat-shaped Los Angeles diner. It's both sweet and sour with a hefty dose of grapefruit juice and a touch of honey syrup. Try this recipe now to find out what all the hype is about.


  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz Honey syrup*
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.

  2. Fine-strain into a cocktail glass.

  3. Express the oil from a grapefruit twist and drop in to garnish (or garnish with a grapefruit wedge).

  4. *Honey syrup: Add 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan over medium heat. (You can experiment and decide how much of a honey flavor you want in your syrup. The more honey you use, the thicker the syrup and stronger in flavor it will be.) Stir until blended. Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator.