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Brown Derby Cocktail | Hollywood’s Golden Age

Brown Derby

The Brown Derby is a classic cocktail served in a chilled coupe glass. This cocktail has all the flavours from the Golden Age of Hollywood, a rich and star-studded cocktail. This beautiful sip gently approaches with sultry honey flavour and rich bourbon notes.

Approaching the Brown Derby

As cocktails this is simple in design, but complex in flavour.  Brown in colour, ice-cold, with a gentle foam on top.  This a Movie Star cocktail to be seen with.  Leaning into to the first sip the nose is surprisingly light, with hints of bourbon and honey.  The taste of a Brown Derby is a perfect balance of bourbon, citrus and sweet honey.  Keeping the spirit in the front, but allowing all the ingredients to shine.

The Brown Derby is a movie star cocktail, with class and style.  Perfect for premier parties, or warm evenings after work.

Have look at How To Make Great Cocktails, for some advice and ideas to set up an amazing home bar.

It may surprise you to learn this elegant cocktail is an extended member of the Daiquiri Family.

Brown Derby

Bourbon. Grapefruit. Lemon. Honey.

Brown Derby Cocktail

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By Rick Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes

A sip from the golden age of Hollywood.


  • 2 oz of Bourbon (We prefer Elijah Craig 3 Year Single Batch)
  • 1 oz of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz of Honey Syrup (3 parts local honey 2 parts water)



Combine all the ingredients in a shaker.


Shake with ice.


Strain into a chilled Coupe glass.


No garnish.

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What are Daiquiri’s?

Daiquiri’s are a very popular family of cocktails.  Today the name typically implies something fruity and summery, but if we consider it a style of cocktail then by changing the ingredients it is capable of many iterations. A daiquiri is a drink leaning more towards the sour of citrus, than the other ingredients. I say leaning because, typically its true, but certainly not a hard a fast rule. One thing that is true of a well made cocktail in the daiquiri family is they require attention.

Because of the citrus forward nature of this style of cocktail it can’t just be slung together with consistent effect.  As example, a gin martini is based on two liquors which are perfectly consistent. The recipe will work every time you make it.  A citrus forward drink depends on the fruit, which is not as consistent.

Therefore, you may not be surprised to learn of the family members in the Daiquiri family, these are usually more careful refined cocktails.  Here are a few we have made, that range from obvious to “really, that is based on a daiquiri”*

The Extended Daiquiri Family

Coconut Daiquiri | Sophisticated & Refined |

Whiskey Sour Cocktail | Balanced Perfection |

Brown Derby Cocktail | Hollywood’s Golden Age

Bees Knees Cocktail | It is a Classic |

Hammer & Honey Cocktail | Vodka Rich Honey |

Mojito | A Minty Refreshing Cocktail |

Caribbean Daiquiri | Delightful Tropical Cocktail |

* “Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals. Formulas. Evolutions” Alex Day, Nick Fauchald. David Kaplan.  10 Speed Press.

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