The Brown Derby | An Old Fashioned Grapefruit Cocktail

A classic bourbon cocktail  made with grapefruit and honey called a Brown Derby.grapefruit, cocktail, bourbon, brown derby

It all started back in December; the bartender handed me a pretty, light pink drink that all the ladies were having that night.  I asked him what it was and he firmly insisted I try it before he would tell me.

I cautiously took a sip afraid of the mysterious concoction I had just been handed while simultaneously determining whether I was willing to trust his recommendation.

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I felt the tart hit of grapefruit hit my tongue and gently give way to a smooth honeyed heat that lingered long after.  It was good, very good.  I asked again what it was I was drinking and he replied “a Brown Derby.”

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Read the rest of the story over at the Boys Club where I had the pleasure of sharing the recipe for this classic bourbon cocktail called the Brown Derby.

If you haven’t been before, the Boys Club is the place to be for everything for your next cocktail party.  From drink recipes, how-to’s, edibles and the history behind your favorite drinks you’re sure to leave inspired and thirsty!

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See you over there


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  1. says

    Hi Sylvie! Thanks for the introduction to The Boys Club I’m sure they will be happy to have a few girlie fans too, because the site is really worth it, even if it’s just for the cakes… On the note of your gorgeous cocktail, I do happen to have a pink grapefruit in the fridge and tonight might just be the occasion to whip something up! 😉

  2. says

    This is a stunning cocktail, Sylvie! And your photos are lovely. We just bought some terrific new bourbon to try, so I’ll be making Brown Derbies soon. Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    I actually checked your recipe and photographs yesterday – gorgeous as always. I haven’t had a brown derby (don’t really drink so…) but it sounds really refreshing, and nice for spring.

  4. says

    OMG you are playing my song! My favourite short cocktail is probably a bourbon sour, and this sounds like an awesome riff on that. Definitely going to try this! Gorgeous photos, as always – the colour of that grapefruit… Swoon!

  5. says

    I’ve been wallowing in citrus lately but when I cook or bake it is usually with oranges. Now I’m dreaming of grapefruit… and that warm honeyed hit.

    • says

      It really is very refreshing and the honey tames some of the tartness of the grapefruit and makes it quite mellow compared to a fresh one.

  6. says

    Be. Still. My. Heart! Sylvie…I just adore bourbon AND grapefruit! Thank you, thank you for sharing. Headed over to The Boys Club for the recipe…perfect thing to do on a Friday afternoon! The photography? Stunning! Pinning… xo

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  8. says

    We are having family vacation at beach this summer. I’m trying to be a great gran this summer with a craft a day for the little ones, an appetizer a day and cocktail of the day for the adults. This cocktail will definitely be on my list.