The Derby cocktail ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

10 November 2014

The Derby cocktail

The Derby cocktail

It's actually been starting to get grey and rainy on occasion here in otherwise super-sunny California. So, in honor of fall, let's put down the gin and start thinking about bourbon cocktails.

This drink is simple and nicely balanced, with echoes of the classic bourbon sour, and is a good use for that bottle of sweet vermouth that otherwise only gets broken out for Negronis. A great way to mark the seasonal transition.

And as an added bonus, I got a full ounce of juice out of one single, solitary lime. Yes! Leftover lime juice! This never happens. I'm going to credit leaving the lime on the windowsill to warm up for a day before making the cocktail, and also rolling it on the counter before juicing, to break the membranes inside. Yay!

The Derby cocktail

The Derby cocktail

1 oz bourbon
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz Cointreau or other orange liqueur

Shake all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a lovely glass.

I think a lime twist would be a nice garnish. I myself had no garnish. It was still delicious.

What seasonal cocktails are striking your fancy lately?


Abigail said...

That looks delicious!

psychelyn said...

Great for a toast.

Erin @ The Speckled Palate said...

Oh my goodness, YUM. Since I'm on a boozy cocktail break because of pregnancy, I've been wanting to try all kinds of bourbon drinks. Definitely adding this to my list of things to try post-pregnancy while I enjoy a cozy apple cider!

Joanne said...

Love how this is sweet and sour...perfect to kick off citrus season!

Eileen said...

So glad you guys like it! I would totally cite this as a reason to keep a couple of limes around. :)