Brown Derby Cocktail

Brown Derby Cocktail

December 03, 2020

The Brown Derby is another cocktail we snagged out of Dale Degroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail”, who says the origins date back to 1930. You may not be familiar with this gem but I highly recommend you get yourself acquainted! This Shrubbie is extremely easy to throw together and is truly fantastic. The complexity added from the honey simple goes a long way to tie the acidic components together with the bourbon. 


Brown Derby Cocktail

Ready in 3 minutes

Serves 1 drink


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ oz Lemon Ginger Shrub
  • ½ oz Honey Simple Syrup
  • Optional Grapefruit Zest Garnish


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake until very well chilled(15-30 seconds).
  3. Strain(or double strain) into a coupe.
  4. Garnish.
  5. Sweet, sweet perfection. What a sight to behold, and a taste to unfold.


Double straining will remove any solid matter that may be leftover from squeezing the grapefruit. Personally a little texture doesn’t bother me, so do whatever suits you.

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