The Brown Derby combines classic flavors for a nod to old Hollywood for a red carpet worthy cocktail! It’s the perfect drink to serve your guests!
This cocktail is something special to me. It has whiskey, which is always Mike’s & my first choice in spirits, but it’s also our wedding day cocktail. We didn’t have a signature drink at the reception or anything. Instead, Mike whipped up round after round of these cocktails the morning of the wedding for all the girls and the stylists at our house getting ready.
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Everyone raved over them! Since then, we’ve made these drinks a few more times and I’ve tweaked to original recipe a little to make them more crowd friendly. For anyone thinking only vodka can be friends with grapefruit juice, you are oh so wrong my friend. And please, please, please use fresh grapefruit juice. It makes all the difference in the world!
With The Oscars on Sunday I thought it’d be the perfect time to share this cocktail with all of you! It’s a nod to an old Hollywood haunt and I’m all about old Hollywood. But why stop at just a cocktail? This month for Blockbuster Bloggers we’re giving you everything you need for the perfect Oscar party. (Okay, maybe not the bitchin’ Louis Vuitton shoes, but still.) We have everything from drinks and bites to invitations and ballots to cast your vote for the winners. So call your friends and get your party on!
- Chocolate Dipped Pears from Around My Family Table
- The Brown Derby from Bread Booze Bacon
- Glitter Name Topper from Ashlee Marie
- Printable Oscar Party Bingo Game from Play. Party. Plan.
- Glitter & Gold Popcorn from Mom’s Messy Miracles
- Oscar Party Printable Invitations from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
- Garlic Parmesan Wonton Crisps from Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Sun Dried Tomato, Pesto & Garlic Bites from Home.Made.Interest.
- Oscars Winners Ballot from Sweet Rose Studio
- Swag Bag and Oscar Award from Life Anchored
- Champagne Jello Shots from Sugar & Soul
You can also make this cocktail in a big batch and pour it over ice in a rocks glass or collins glass, like Mike did. A 2-quart pitcher will hold about nine 7-ounce drinks. That’s double what I’d serve in a coupe glass, but sometimes cocktails for a crowd are the name of the game!
Brown Derby Cocktail
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ ounce honey syrup (see note)
- Grapefruit peel or slice for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in whiskey, honey syrup, and grapefruit juice. Close the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Pour cocktail into a coupe glass using a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp from the juice.
- Garnish with a piece of grapefruit peel floating in the drink or a quarter slice of grapefruit on the rim of your glass.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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