Brown Derby Recipe

Do you want to impress your friends on your next night in? Try making The Brown Derby Cocktail! This sophisticated bourbon-based mix is perfect to sip on for a fancy night in. With notes of honey, tartness from the grapefruit juice, and aromatic flavor from the simple syrup, this delectable mix is a wonderful combination of sweet and tart. Lose yourself in the flavor and sophistication of The Brown Derby!

Brown Derby

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 ½ oz bourbon
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz honey syrup 2 parts honey to 1 part water


  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes
  • Pour in the bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup
  • Shake well
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass or coupe


The Brown Derby cocktail was named after an iconic 1920s-era Los Angeles restaurant and bar that served its namesake. This remarkably simple yet delicious cocktail has been popular since its invention in the late 1920s and is still enjoyed today