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Brown Derby

Brown Derby 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Spirits Feb 27, 2013

This 1930s classic was originally the signature cocktail of Los Angeles's Vendome Club, named for its neighbor, the famed Brown Derby restaurant. The trick is to incorporate the honey into the other liquids before adding the ice. A higher-proof bourbon works best here.

Servings: 1
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce honey
  • Ice


Combine the bourbon, grapefruit juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, then shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

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From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 190

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 12g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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