A classic American cocktail that originated in Los Angeles. The Brown Derby is a simple yet tasty drink usually preferred during brunch. It combines bourbon whiskey with sweet and sour counterparts to create an enjoyable cocktail every time.
Here’s What You’re Going to Need
The great thing about this cocktail recipe is it requires minimum equipment and ingredients. Here is what you are going to need:
- Cocktail Shaker
- Chilled Cocktail Glass
- Jigger or Shot Glass
- Bourbon Whiskey
- Grapefruit Juice
- Honey Syrup
- Grapefruit slice
Brown Derby Cocktail Recipe
- Cocktail Shaker
- Stemmed Cocktail Glass
- 1 1/2 Ounce Bourbon Whiskey
- 1 Ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- 1/2 Ounce Honey Syrup
- 1 Grapefruit Wedge *to garnish
- First, mix together all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.
History of Brown Derby Cocktail
The Brown Derby cocktail was originally called the ‘De Rigueur’ in many cocktail books and was named after a ‘hat-shaped’ diner in Los Angeles. The cocktail’s origins trace back to Vendôme Club on Sunset Boulevard owned by Billy Wilkerson.
Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s
I don’t like grapefruit, what is a substitute?If you don’t like grapefruit and prefer other mixes then there are a few close substitutes. The closest one is using orange juice combined with a splash of lemon juice instead.
How do you make honey syrup?Honey syrup is just a mixture of water and honey. If you want to make the drink sweeter use a 3:1 honey to water ratio. The original recipe calls for a 1:1 ratio.
Recipe Size Conversion
Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.
Some Other Ways This Drink is Made
This video is a more in-depth video about the Brown Derby cocktail. It’s easy to follow and is very informative.
In this video, they are using the original recipe which uses a 1:1 ratio for their honey syrup. You can alter this to make the drink sweeter if that’s what you desire.