An herbal take on the classic Brown Derby that is a bourbon and grapefruit cocktail mixed together with a honey dill syrup. Can’t beat this refreshing bourbon drink.
It’s the final day of my Liquor.com Instagram take over! I truly am so honored to have been able to share in my little cocktail passion. For my final day I’m stirring up something neat and simple. This play on a Brown Derby is called a Dilled Derby. For good reason, it’s been mixed with a dill infused honey syrup to give it a fresh little kick.
If there was one thing I would ever suggest to someone getting into making cocktails or home bartending is that it should be fun. Get messy, make mistakes, and change up classics to learn why they are a classic. Play with flavors you don’t like, play with flavor you think won’t go together, and reverse all of that to do the things that make sense. Play with fire, smoke, and ice. It’s a world of mad experiments and you get to be the mad scientist behind it all.
Just don’t go too mad scientist and burn down your cocktail. Because you can do that…not that I have or anything.
I think a mistake we all have to get out in the beginning is their is a thing as too much. Don’t worry, I think we all do it and it’s fun at first. We all want to throw the whole bar cabinet at a glass and make the next big thing. Though sometimes making tiny adjustments can head great results. That’s pretty much where this cocktail came out of.
Coming out of my “EVERYTHING NEEDS BITTERS & LIQUEURS” phase I started taking low ingredient cocktails and messing with one ingredient to give it a different spin. When I originally made the honey dill syrup for this I threw it in a Salty Dog. More for the fact that I wanted to call it a Dilly Dog. Just say it out loud, it feels good. While it works, I found a bigger love for it in a Brown Derby. A cocktail originated by the Los Angeles resturant with the same name. Dill and bourbon is just an odd combination that you don’t associate right off the bat. However, those minor adjustments for dill in that cocktail make it a rather refreshing and delightful drink. It’s now one of my go-tos doubled up and served on ice on a hot summer day on the back porch. Which we have plenty left of those days left.
An herbal take on the classic Brown Derby that is a bourbon and grapefruit cocktail mixed together with a honey dill syrup. I double it from it's original form.
- 2 ounces Bourbon
- 2 ounces Grapefruit Juice
- 0.5 ounces Dill Honey Syrup
In a low ball with a sphere ice cube pour in bourbon, grapefruit juice, and dill honey syrup. Give it a stir until well combined.
Garnish with a dill coated grapefruit wedge.
In a sauce pan bring to a gentle boil 1 cup of honey, 1 cup of water, and 4 stems of dill. Drop down the temperature and let simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the honey has full dissolved. Remove the dill and strain the honey syrup into a heat safe container. Let cool and then it's ready to use. Keep in the fridge for one month.
Since the Dilly Dog didn’t make it’s debut here just yet, I did have to get a photo with my Dilled Derby and Irish Red.
A typical view of a long day of working or creative cocktail making always ends here. Thank you for joining me this week on these deep dives into the cocktails for my Liquor.com take over. Hopefully you learned a little about me and my process. At the very least I hope you found a couple of new cocktails to try. Over the last year I’ve really dived into keep cocktails simple yet delicious. So if you were looking for big flare and high ingredient sips, just head back a year and you’ll find plenty of recipes on here. It’s okay to go through phases in drink making, as long as you’re having fun, right?
::wink if you go back two years, you’ll find the year of catching everything on fire nudge nudge::
DEEP DIVES OF THE TAKEOVER
@Elle_Talk back for the final day of my #ldctakeover. If I had to leave you with one thing I’ve learned it’s to have fun. Play with flavors, mix up classics (like this herby take on a Brown Derby), and make a bunch of mistakes. I’ve been the overly ambitious type in the past and had drinks crash and burn. Literally…one burned. At the end of the day kick back and don’t take it too seriously….at least once the fire is put out. Thanks for hanging out with me this week, I hope you had fun. You can catch me creating more cocktails over on @Elle_Talk and you can also hang out with a bunch of my favorite imbibers over on my tag #BoozyTalk. Dilled Derby 2 oz Bourbon 2 oz Grapefruit Juice 0.5 oz Dill Honey Syrup In a low ball with a sphere ice cube pour in bourbon, grapefruit juice, and dill honey syrup. Give it a stir until well combined. Garnish with a dill covered grapefruit slice.