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Bourbon • Sweet
Brown Derby

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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.

The Essentials

Grapefruit Juice
Honey Syrup
The Details


2 oz Bourbon
.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
.75 oz Honey Syrup
Grapefruit Twist


  • 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.
Honey Syrup
Custom Ingredient


1 Cup honey
1 Cup water


  • 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.
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