Classic Cocktails: Brown Derby

Recipe by Fred Minnick 


Named after the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, the Brown Derby cocktail first appeared in the 1950s and became a staple for good drink.


  • 2 ounces bourbon (I like Bullet or Four Roses Small Batch in this)
  • 1 ounce of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Honey syrup



1. Shake.

2. Strain.

3. Serve in chilled glass without ice.

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