The Brown Derby cocktail is the featured drink of “Episode 38: Why are white people”. I ended up really enjoying this drink, even if it took a little bit to grow on me. I also made a variation with gin that was DELISH.
The Brown Derby
1.5 oz Corn Whiskey
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup*
Garnish: Rosemary sprig and grapefruit twist
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds or until the shaker is frosty.
Strain in glass over fresh ice.
*Rosemary and Honey Simple Syrup
1 c Water
1 c Honey
Bunch of Fresh Rosemary
Combine honey and water in a pot over medium heat and stir to dissolve honey.
Add the rosemary and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
Remove to heat and allow to cool completely before straining the mixture to remove the rosemary. Bottle and refrigerate up to 1 month.
The Upside-Down Martini is featured in Episode 32: Kill your idols (aka Julia Child). It was a favorite of Julia’s, and some say she even invented it. I know one thing, this really turned me on to Dry Vermouth and I’ve been drinking Upside-Down Martinis and Vermouth spritzers ever since. 😉
And for the love of God people, PUT YOUR VERMOUTH IN THE REFRIGERATOR.
5-parts dry vermouth (Julia liked Noilly Prat, but I used Dolan)
1-part gin (I used Plymouth)
In a white wine glass filled with ice (or not, your call) stir together the gin and vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon and toast to something fancy.
The Sidecar cocktail is our featured cocktail in Episode 27 “Napoleon was a baby”. This classic cocktail is a favorite among the French, and be prepare to dole out some dough if you want to do it right.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Cognac 3/4 oz. Cointreau 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice Garnish: Orange peel and sugared rum (I forgot to rim the glass here)
Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar and set aside.
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.