Brown Derby

The Brown Derby is a simple classic cocktail that perfectly highlights its ingredients: your favorite whiskey, fresh grapefruit juice, and honey syrup (made from equal parts honey and warm water, mixed together).

Nobody knows who invented it, but it’s typically attributed to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, which opened in 1926. It’s shown up in at least a half-dozen cocktail books since then, with all sorts of ratios and calling for anything from scotch to blended whiskey. We’re partial to the recipe found in Dale Degroff’s The Craft of the Cocktail. We think it’s best with bourbon, but feel free to use any whiskey you like.

We always recommend that you use fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, but in the Brown Derby that advice goes double! The bottled stuff is simply too acrid and artificial-tasting for a drink like this, where grapefruit plays a central role. If you use white grapefruit, you may wish to add just a bit more honey syrup to offset the added bitterness.



Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail our coupe glass.

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Ich war auf der Suche nach einer Cocktail Datenbank mit der ich mir zuverlässig die Drinks anzeigen lassen kann, für die ich auch die Zutaten im Hause habe. Mit Cocktail Flow klappt das leider nicht verlässlich. Dieses Programm macht das vorbildlich und vor allem listet es die Cocktails auch danach auf, wo mir noch eine, zwei usw. Zutaten fehlt. So kann ich auch immer schauen was ich mir ggf. noch kaufen sollte. Die Auswahl an Getränken ist gut, jedoch mit wenig Sirup-haltigen. Hier würd ich mir mehr Rezepte wünschen wo man die div. Fruchtsirupe einsetzen kann. Auch gibt es leider keine Möglichkeit Cocktails als Favoriten zu kennzeichnen oder das Rezept zu exportieren. Da das Programm nur in Englisch ist muss man in der Zutatenliste manchmal googlen was damit gemeint ist. Mit ein paar Rezepten mehr, Favoritenfunktion und Lokalisierung gibt es fünf Sterne.
Translation: I was looking for a cocktail database with which I can reliably display the drinks for which I also have the ingredients in the house. Unfortunately, this does not work reliably with cocktail flow. This program does the exemplary and above all it lists the cocktails also after, where I still missing one, two etc. ingredients. So I can always look what I should possibly buy. The selection of drinks is good, but with little syrup-containing. Here I would want more recipes where you can use the div. Fruit syrups. Unfortunately, there is no way to mark cocktails as favorites or to export the recipe. Since the program is only in English you have to googling in the list of ingredients sometimes what is meant by that. With a few more recipes, favorites and localization, there are five stars.
DE UlrichB, iTunes App Store