Brown Derby

December 13, 2010 (Day 318) — Brown Derby

You have to admit that Esquire is a pretty damn classy magazine.

Last year they put together a list of the top 27 winter cocktails. A lot of them are some pretty solid classic cocktails from back the day (can anyone say, Manhattan?) However, there was one that I hadn’t tried that seemed like it would fit in with my recent dark rum kick.

Esquire had this to say about the Brown Derby:

So Red the Nose is an odd little book in which famous writers of the day contributed their favorite drinks, all renamed after their latest books. Woollcott’s When Rome Burns is essentially the Brown Derby, but with lemon juice instead of the lime and maple syrup instead of maple sugar, and with the key specification that you use Medford rum. It might not be tropical, but it sure is tasty.”

Read the full article here:

Brown Derby

2 oz dark rum

1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

1 tsp maple syrup

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Delicious strange little mixture of dark smoky flavor and bright citrus flavor. Enjoyable, if not something I would drink very often. I would definitely call this a seasonal drink, something odd but pleasant to bring out on the holidays.


— Mark

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