The Brown Derby is a classic bourbon cocktail that is lightly sweetened with honey - just enough to take the edge off the grapefruit juice. The herbaceous notes of the honey pair well with either sage or rosemary.
Brown Derby with Honey Sage Syrup
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. honey sage syrup*
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with sage leaves.
*Honey Sage Syrup
Mix equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan. Heat unit almost boiling. Remove from heat. Add sage leaves. Let steep til cool. Strain leaves and refrigerate syrup for up to two weeks.
bar tip: rosemary makes a fine substitute sage