Born on the Sunset Strip at the illustrious Vendome Club—a celebrity haven and it bar in the ‘30s—the Brown Derby cocktail is all sour, glitz and bourbon. Named for a since-vanished neighboring restaurant that was shaped like a derby hat, the drink is an edgy riff on a Daiquiri, with bourbon as the base, fresh grapefruit juice and a honey syrup. It’s old-school Hollywood class in a glass.
- Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a shaker tin with ice. Shake.
- Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
- Combine the water and honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until honey dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
It’s possible the only time you ever enjoy a good Julep is one day a year during the Kentucky Derby. If that’s true, then you’re just not getting the most out of one of the great classic cocktails from the early days of American mixology. In his book, The Bon Vivant...