The Brown Derby was born in a bar on the famous Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. It was created in the 1930’s at the Vendome Club - which is one of the first, if not the first, celebrity packed restaurants & bars on Sunset Boulevard.
The cocktail was named in honor of a nearby restaurant called the Brown Derby. After its conception at the Vendome Club, the Brown Derby restaurant aptly made this recipe their house cocktail.
Although the Brown Derby is a fairly easy cocktail to create, as it only features three ingredients, it does have a robust combination of flavors and ingredients. This three ingredient cocktail uses honey syrup to perfectly harmonize the spice found in bourbon and the tart citrus of grapefruit.
- 2oz (60ml) Bourbon
- 1oz (30ml) Fresh Grapefruit
- .5oz (15ml) Honey Syrup
- Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well chilled
- Fine-strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a grapefruit twist and use as garnish (we used a dehydrated slice of grapefruit).