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Recipe: A perfectly refreshing cocktail to make at home during the pandemic

Shake things up with a Brown Derby cocktail from Salt Raw Bar's Ashley Sullivan.

Mix a Brown Derby cocktail with the Boston.com Cocktail Club on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Kenji Alt

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The first time I made the Brown Derby was at the start of the pandemic. I was researching cocktails with a grapefruit base as I had a bunch of grapefruits on hand, and wanted something refreshing.

The simplicity of the three ingredients sold me and the combination had me intrigued so I had to try. While researching this classic cocktail it seems there is a bit of discrepancy on its origins. One story tells of the cocktails name originating from a restaurant in Hollywood that was shaped like a big Derby hat. The other, from “The Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock in which the cocktail is named De Rigueur.

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To make this cocktail you will need to start by preparing your honey syrup. To do this you mix equal parts honey and warm water. After that you will add 3/4 ounce to a shaker tin filled with ice. Add 3/4 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice if you have that on hand, but bottled grapefruit will work fine as well. Lastly you will add 1 1/2 ounces of the whiskey of your choice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit and enjoy this refreshing cocktail.

What you’ll need

Brown Derby

1½ oz. bourbon
¾ oz. grapefruit juice
¾ oz. honey syrup

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. No garnish.


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Ashley Sullivan is bar manager at Salt Raw Bar and Fine Cuisine in Plymouth. 

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